Former CSU music professor Robert W. Rumblelow resigns from position

Rumbelow may face felony charge over sale of University of Illinois instruments

benw@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 24, 2013 

Robert W. Rumbelow

Robert W. Rumbelow, director of bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and former professor at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music, resigned Thursday from his position amid allegations he sold university instruments and kept the money in his bank account.

The departure of the 48-year-old tenured professor was reported in The News-Gazette and other Illinois newspapers. He took the job in 2010 in Illinois after spending 14 years at CSU, where he also served as conductor of the Wind Ensemble.

Rumbelow paid the university more than $87,000 last week when he resigned and faces a possible felony theft charge. The Champaign County state's attorney will decide whether to file charges. He has been ordered to appear in court in late September.

The former director of bands disputes the allegations. His attorney told the newspaper that he raised money in a way that violated university policy but there was no criminal intent.

Rumbelow was the fifth director in the band's history. He had a salary of about $140,175.

As director of bands, he also was the conductor of the Illinois Wind Symphony, the premier concert wind band at the University of Illinois, worked with student conductors and appeared throughout the world leading wind bands, orchestras and chamber ensembles.

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