Pure Imagination (9 Brass) (Level 4) (Commissioned by the New Trier High School Jazz Studies program in honor of the retirement of their director, Jim Warrick. PURE IMAGINATION was premiered at the 26th Annual Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School. This beautiful ballad has become part of the contemporary jazz lexicon. Eric’s setting features Solo Tenor Saxophone supported by orchestral scoring in the ensemble. The chart moves into a laid back samba for the improvisation. Woodwind doubles: Alto Sax 1/Clarinet 1, Tenor Sax 1/Flute 1, Tenor Sax 2/ Clarinet 2.Bari Sax/Bass Clarinet. Trumpets double on flugelhorn. Trumpet 1 to written D6.
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Eric Richards - A native of Pittsburgh currently residing in the great state of Wyoming, Dr. Eric Richards serves as the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Sheridan College where he serves as Music Director of the Sheridan Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, teaches applied brass, composition, History of Jazz, and leads program initiatives in recruiting, outreach, and curriculum development.
He is a versatile and widely performed composer/arranger, conductor, trombonist and educator active in a wide range of musical media and genres. As a composer who defines himself as a “contemporary American eclectic”, he has written music for groups ranging from rural high school marching bands to chamber music ensembles to nationally recognized big bands and symphony orchestras. Eric’s work as a composer/arranger and trombonist has been heard worldwide in performances recordings by professional and academic ensembles in major concert venues across the United States, Europe, Australia, Asia and India to include:
• National Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
• Boston Pops Orchestra
• Detroit Symphony Orchestra
• New York Pops Orchestra
• Chiara String Quartet
• US Army Field Band and Jazz Ambassadors
• USAF Band and the Airmen of Note
• US Army Band (Pershing's Own)
• US Marine Band (The President's Own)
• Sydney Jazz Orchestra (Australia)
• University of North Texas Wind Ensemble
• Shanghai Conservatory of Music Jazz Ensemble
• Yellowstone Big Band
• Carnegie Hall (New York)
• Midwest Clinic (Chicago)
• Montreux, North Sea, and Nice Jazz Festivals.
Recent engagements as a guest composer, conductor and teacher include residencies or commissions at:
• Washington State University
• Lamont School of Music (University of Denver)
• Colorado Christian University
• Shanghai Conservatory of Music
• Taipei Jazz Orchestra
• Winona State University
• Yellowstone Jazz Camp
• Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra (Denver, CO).
From 2008 – 2015, he served as tenured Associate Professor of Composition and Jazz Studies in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At UNL, he mentored first-year through doctoral students in applied composition (classical and jazz/vernacular styles), taught related courses such as Orchestration and Jazz Arranging, and organized and led the award-winning UNL Jazz Orchestra “2.0”, an innovative 21st Century jazz ensemble combining traditional big band instrumentation with strings, horn, and percussion. His students have been the recipients of commissions, numerous awards for their creative work (to include the Downbeat Student Music Awards and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award) and collegiate faculty appointments. He is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at UNL. Eric has led the Connecticut, Florida, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming All State High School Jazz Ensembles in concert performance.
From 1984 – 2004, Eric served as Composer/Arranger with The United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premiere touring musical organization based near Washington DC. Audiences worldwide enjoyed his music for jazz orchestra, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, and voices. He honorably retired as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer at the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8). Eric earned the Doctor of Musical Arts (Composition) degree from the University of Maryland at College Park where he studied with Mark Wilson and Robert Gibson. He holds the Master of Music (Composition) and Bachelor of Science(Music Education) degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he studied with John “Doc” Wilson, Joseph Willcox Jenkins, and Matty Shiner.