SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Joseph Albright, a longtime resident of Scarsdale, died on Friday, Jan. 23. He was 88.
Albright served in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II and earned three battle stars and a Purple Heart. During the Korean War, he became an Army bandleader.
Albright studied trumpet with Edward Treutel, William Vacchiano and Henry Glantz. He received his doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1963.
Albright taught for 35 years in the public schools of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Scarsdale. As a director of the Scarsdale High School band for 21 years, his symphonic band performed in Elizabeth City, N.C., Williamsburg, Va., Washington, D.C., Wyalusing, Pa., Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and a number of times at Lincoln Center. He conducted more than a dozen concerts each summer with the Westchester Band for 31 years.
He has served as president of the Westchester County School Music Association, representative for Zone 11 of the New York State School Music Association and director of the Westchester Music and Arts Camp (now called the Aaron Copland Camp). When he retired, he played in the Suncoast Concert Band and the Sarasota Concert Band.
He is survived by his wife "Pug," his children Cindy Dowd, MaryBeth Albright, Bob Albright, Joe Albright and nine grandchildren.
His funeral mass will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, followed by burial at the Veterans Cemetery.
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