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Kirby, Richard B.

Adjunct Lecturer
Office: Shattuck Auditorium B9
Office Phone: 262-646-9221
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Rick Kirby was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and was educated in the New England area. After arriving in Wisconsin in 1974, he taught in several high schools and universities, finally heading the distinguished band program at Waukesha West High School. He retired from public school teaching in 2001 to pursue a full-time career as a composer and arranger.

Mr. Kirby has arranged or composed for many marching bands, including groups from Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Arizona and California. He is presently the staff arranger for the award winning Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band and the past Wisconsin State Champion Waukesha West High School Marching Band. Mr. Kirby has also been involved in many commissioning projects including writing compositions for concert bands, jazz ensembles, choirs and other instrumental ensembles.

In the spring of 2004, Kirby assumed leadership of the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band and has been the director of the Carroll College Jazz Ensemble for the last two years. He is also the associate conductor of the Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin.

Rick Kirby is the 2002 recipient of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association's Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to a music educator for lifelong meritorious service, excellence and dedication to music education in Wisconsin.

Last updated 9/13/2006

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