Eric Rombach-Kendall Memorial Band Scholarship
It is with profound sadness that the College of Fine Arts shares that UNM Professor of Music and Director of Bands Eric Rombach-Kendall has passed away. He is survived by his wife Julie Rombach-Kendall and children, Rebecca Kendall and Michael Kendall. The family has established The Eric Rombach-Kendall Memorial Band Scholarship. This new scholarship will support graduate students in the Dept. of Music, who exemplify the values and quantities Eric Rombach-Kendall instilled at the University of New Mexico and nationally, as an artist, leader, and educator. Preference will be given to graduate band conducting students and/or graduate students to perform in the Wind Ensemble.
In an email to UNM College of Fine Arts students, staff, and faculty, interim Chair of Music Michael Hix announced Professor Rombach-Kendall’s death, noting, “Eric was a legendary educational figure in New Mexico and across the country. His passion for his students, his love of music, and his commitment to excellence was unparalleled.” Eric Rombach-Kendall served as Director of Bands at UNM since 1993. His service and leadership were recognized nationally when he was elected president of the College Band Directors National Association from 2011-2013. His talent as a conductor was incredibly impressive and his bands performed to great acclaim across the country. His list of accolades as a musician and educator are endless.