Dan Rich     Assistant Conductor

 

Dan Rich comes from the small town of Paris Idaho, where he began playing trumpet in the 4th grade.  He was recognized as a talent and performed at an early age, achieving first chair in the high school band when he was in 6th grade.

Mr. Rich’s education has involved classes at USU, Pennsylvania State University, BYU, and the University of Utah.  He has been the trumpet teacher at Weber State University and at USU and was also the assistant orchestra conductor at the U of U.

Public education has been Mr. Rich’s primary vocation. He recently retired as a music director after 40 years. During those years he received numerous awards for outstanding teaching – the most prestigious being Utah’s Outstanding Music Educator awarded by the Utah Music Educators Association.

As a performer, Mr. Rich has performed with the Utah Symphony, Ballet West Orchestra, Utah Chamber Artists, Pioneer Memorial Theater, Bob Hutchings Orchestra, and many other professional groups. His teachers have included William Sullivan, Newell Dayley and Glen Fifield.

Mr. Rich has had vast experience as a clinician and adjudicator. He has worked with elementary, junior high, high school and university students in district, regional, All-State and Inter collegiate festivals throughout Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. He is currently the conductor of the Utah Youth Junior Symphony. It has always been Mr. Rich’s goal to have us all enjoy music to it’s ultimate degree by achieving the very best we can!