Rick Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rick Baker is an adjunct professor, teaching in the Music Education Department area of the DBU College of Fine Arts. He is currently teaching courses in Instrumental Methods and Orchestration, as well as teaching applied lessons in Brass. He received his B.M. from the University of Texas at Arlington, and also holds a M.M. from East Texas State University in Commerce.
Rick Baker is retired after twenty nine years of teaching band in the Arlington I.S.D. He was most recently director of bands at James Bowie High School, where he also served as head of the Fine Arts Department. Prior to his tenure at Bowie High School, Mr. Baker taught junior high school in Arlington for nineteen years. He has also served as the President of Region 5 of the Texas Music Educators Association and as the Region 5 U.I.L. Orchestra Chairman. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in the area. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha.
He has also served on staff at North Richland Hills Baptist Church in charge of the instrumental program, and conducted many ensembles there including the church orchestra.
Mr. Baker is also very active as a professional trumpet player. He played Principal Trumpet with the Wichita Falls Symphony for five seasons and played in the Texas Wind Symphony for fifteen seasons. In addition he has spent twenty-eight years in the Arlington Community Band, and six years in the Collection Jazz Orchestra. He also plays in the Metro Praise Orchestra and The Joshua Experience, two of the areas Christian Big Bands. He also freelances in local churches and musical theater productions.
He lives in Arlington with his wife, Nan. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their three daughters and two grandchildren.
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