Richardscomposer, arranger, conductor, trombonist, and
educatoris active in a wide range of musical media. His works
have been heard worldwide in performances and recordings by numerous
ensembles, including the U.S. Army Field Band and Jazz Ambassadors,
USAF Airmen of Note, University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I,
Oregon Jazz Ensemble (University of Oregon), National Symphony
Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Millikin
University Wind Ensemble, A La Carte Brass and Percussion, Tommy
Lepson and the Lazy Boys, and Sunrise String Quartet.
Eric is a
regularly commissioned composer and arranger. Recent commissions
include pieces for the USAF Heritage of America Band, UNC Jazz Lab
Band I, UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band, Southeast Asia
Symphonic Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Hall High School Concert
Jazz Band (West Hartford, CT), the Government of Thailand, and the
Aiken Community Band (Aiken, SC).
19842004, Eric served as composer and arranger with the U.S.
Army Field Band near Washington, D.C. In 2004, he was named director
of bands and assistant professor of music theory and technology at
Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska. Eric received a Doctor of
Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Maryland at
College Park, where he studied with Mark Wilson and Robert Gibson,
and a Master of Music degree in composition from Duquesne University,
where he studied with John Wilson and Joseph Wilcox Jenkins.