Ed Richards is one of the founders
and co-directors of the Community Band. When he isn't
conducting the band, he plays low brass and/or bassoon.
Since 1978, he has been Director of Music and Bandmaster
at Randolph-Macon Academy where he directs the award winning Randolph-Macon
Academy Air Force Junior ROTC Band. At R-MA, he is also Chairman of the
Fine Arts Department, he teaches Band in the Upper School and Band, Beginning
Woodwinds, Beginning Brass and Beginning Percussion in the Middle School,
and he co-ordinates the private lessons program. In addition to his duties
at the Academy, Ed is treasurer of the Military School Band Association
and organizer of the Association's annual Military School Band Festival,
a three day clinic for the top musicians and directors from military academies
and colleges from across the nation.
Ed is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia where
he graduated from James Blair High School in 1973. He earned the Bachelor
of Music Education Degree from Shenandoah College and Conservatory of
Music in Winchester, Virginia in 1977 and the Master of Music Education
Degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in 2000.
Ed's band has traveled extensively throughout the
United States and has won numerous championships and awards. His personal
honors and awards include Outstanding Educator at Randolph-Macon Academy
by The United Methodist Foundation for Christian Higher Education in 2000,
Exemplary Teacher Award from The General Board of Higher Education and
Ministry of the United Methodist Church in 1997, Honorary Conductor of
The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes in 1994, and Teacher of the Year
at Randolph-Macon Academy in 1986.
Thanks to Ed, R-MA is a sponsor of the Community
Band and provides many services for us. We practice in R-MA's music room
and use their equipment both for rehearsals and concerts. We often hold
our Christmas concert at the Academy.
Richards' biography on the Randolph-Macon Academy website.