He holds a Doctorate in Music Education (emphasis in wind band) from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where he studied with Dr. Thomas Fraschillo and Dr. Charles Elliott, a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studies with Dr. Jack Stamp and Dr. Gary Bird, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Frostburg State University (MD). An active and sought out clinician and conductor, he has judged and/or guest conducted middle school and high school honor bands throughout the mid-Atlantic and mid-western regions of the United States. Dr. Zembower has participated in various conducting clinics receiving instruction from such notables as H. Robert Reynolds, Allan McMurray, Craig Kirchoff, Tom Lee, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, and Jack Stamp. During the last two years, Dr. Zembower has hosted a week-kong summer conducting symposium on the ETSU campus, where he has had the great opportunity to work alongside conductor/composer Dr. Jack Stamp (first year), and Dr. Timothy Mahr (second year).
An avid performer on euphonium and trombone, Dr. Zembower is a member of the Keystone Winds, a professional wind ensemble comprised of music alumni and faculty from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, conducted by Jack Stamp. Since its inception in 1992, this ensemble has recorded and produced over fifteen compact discs of classic and contemporary band literature on the Citadel, Klavier, and GIA Publications recording labels. An active researcher, he has published articles in the Journal of Band Research, Update, the Southeastern Journal of Music Education, The Instrumentalist, The Tennessee Musician, The Indiana Musicator, and has contributed chapter analyses in several volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series.
He holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Music Educators National Conference.