Chris Charboneau

Meet Chris Charboneau a 1993 Alumnus from Cheboygan, Mi. Chris currently lives in Madison Heights, Mi. and is a retired band director (1993-2019) and current antique dealer, musician, clinician, guest conductor and music festival adjudicator. He also taught for 26 years in four school districts. (Harrison, Birmingham, Oak Park and U of D Jesuit in Detroit)


I am currently the Vice-President of the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. I sell antiques in Clawson Michigan and play in a band (keyboards and vocals) I also judge Band/Orchestra and Solo/Ensemble festivals for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. (M.S.B.O.A.)

I was given many opportunities in student leadership during my time at Northern. I was the drum major of the NMU Marching Band for four years, captain of the pep band and student conductor for three musicals for the Theatre Department. Those experiences gave me a great "head start" to my teaching career. My time as an undergrad at Northern was an incredible experience in all possible ways and it truly shaped me to become the teacher and band director that I aspired to be.

Be passionate about something! You don't have to know what you want to do in terms of a career or major right away. As you find your way through different classes and experiences, look for things that excite you along your journey. When you find something that really excites you, do it as often as possible! Then you will realize what you want to do moving forward. If you find a career/job that you truly love, it won't feel like work. Find your passion!

NMU was the perfect school for me. I had faculty who truly cared about me, not only as a future teacher, educator and musician, but as a person. 30 years later I still visit with several of my professors when I go to Marquette. Serving on the Alumni Board of Directors has really helped me to stay connected to NMU. Make sure that YOU always stay connected as well! Go Cats!!!!