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)
Brief Description of What You Do
What at NMU helped you most in your current role?
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.
What advice would you give current students?
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!
Are there personal interests and/or activities you care to share?
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!!!!