Malambri is a native of Fairmont, N.C. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, an M.M. from East Carolina University, and his D.M.A. from the University of South Carolina. He completed additional conducting study with Frederick Fennell. Malambri is professor of music and director of bands at Winthrop, a position he has held since 1978. In addition to conducting the Wind Orchestra, Malambri teaches applied conducting on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he administers the annual Invitational Band Clinic. The inaugural clinic was held in 1981 and has employed notable clinician/conductors including Frederick Fennell, Robert Jager, David Shaffer, Jared Spears, James Curnow, James Croft, Kenneth Bloomquist, Robert Winslow, Stanley Michalski, James Keene, Allen LaFave, Bruce Ammann, Dale Lonis, Alan Beck, Brian Shelborne, Gary Lamb, Gary Green, Robert Jorgensen, Marco Bazzoli, Dennis Johnson, and Gary Sousa.
Conducting, clinician, adjudication, and consultation assignments have taken Malambri to 21 states, the District of Columbia, and the nations of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and frequent trips to Norway since 1988. Included in these appearances are performances with the United States Army Band; the United States Army Field Band; the United States Air Force Band; the United States Navy Band; the United States Continental Army Band; service as the principal guest conductor for the International Music Camp in 1999; three concerts at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference by the Winthrop Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble; a concert by the Wind Ensemble at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference; four concerts during September 1999 with the Bergen District (Norway) Army Band; a concert with the Russian Admiralty Navy Band at the Shostakovich Great Hall (Saint Petersburg) in March 2004; performances at the 2005 and 2010 annual conventions of the American Bandmasters Association; and a concert by the Wind Orchestra at the 2007 Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference/South Carolina Music Educators conference. Recent appearances include band festival adjudication in seven states and clinician/conducting sessions at the North Carolina All-State Band, the North Dakota All-State Band, the South Dakota All-State Band, the North Region (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) Honor Band, the Augustana College (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Armstrong-Atlantic University (Georgia) Honor Band, the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) International Music Camp, Tennessee Tech University Honor Band, the University of Akron (Ohio) Honor Band, and the Asbury University (Kentucky) Honor Band.
Malambri served as the sole American judge for the Italian National Marching Show Band Competition in Como, Italy, during July 2006 and for the same event in Busto Arsizio, Italy, in 2007. He provided the same service to the Malgrat de Mar (Spain) International Music Festival in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and he returned for the 2008 festival. During June 2007, Malambri conducted concerts by municipal bands in Amares, Portugal, and Padova, Italy, and in August 2007 and 2008 he served as conductor/clinician for the Mount Rushmore Music Camp in South Dakota. He conducted two performances by the Wind Orchestra in Malgrat de Mar during October 2007 and served as a judge for the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, World Marching Band Competition in December 2007. Malambri adjudicated the Singapore Music Festival in Apri, 2008, and adjudicated The World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland, in 2009.
His professional affiliations include membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Malambri is a conducting clinician for Conn-Selmer, Incorporated, and he is available for guest conducting appearances through grants made by that firm.