NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Jerry Bilik.
Bilik, born in New Rochelle, turns 80 on Monday.
Bilik, born Oct. 7, 1933, is composer, arranger, songwriter, conductor and director of stage productions.
He has composed more than 50 pieces of music, which run the gamut from popular ballads to marches to his 'Symphony for Band.' His concert march "Block M" has been voted by band composers as one of the top 100 marches of all time. He wrote the "M Fanfare" which is usually played by the University of Michigan marching band prior to their playing the famous fight song "The Victors."
He has arranged music for several television series, including Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels. He serves as Vice President of creative development for Disney on Ice, having arranged all the music for the Disney on Ice shows, which he also writes and directs.