RICHARD SUMMERS, Clarinet Soloist
Richard Summers is a music educator, performer, conductor, arranger, and composer. Retired in 2013 from the NJ public schools, Richard taught instrumental music for 32 years. He was a member of the West Point Band, graduated from Juilliard with both BM and MM degrees, and has taught all levels of instrumental music from elementary, middle and high schools at Kinnelon and Pequannock, NJ and was also the concert band director and clarinet/woodwind instructor at Wm. Paterson University. During the 1988-89 season, Mr. Summers became concertmaster of the Ridgewood Concert Band, (now the NJ Wind Symphony) and has been their featured soloist several times. He also serves as assistant conductor and personnel manager of this fine community band. Richard has played with many professional orchestras and chamber music groups including the NJ Pops Orchestra. Currently he is active as a clinician, woodwind performer, and guest conductor in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York area. Mr. Summers is a published arranger and composer for Bandworks and Carl Fischer Publications.