Richard (Rick) Dugger, director of the River Cities Concert Band, is elated to be able to return to the Louisville area, after spending the previous seven years as a high school band director in Oklahoma. A recently retired music educator with over 30 years teaching, including 16 years directing bands in Oklahoma and 14 years in higher education, Rick has taught music education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, graduate and undergraduate courses in instrumental music education and directed the symphonic band at the University of Louisville. He served as coordinator of music education and Director of Bands at the University of New Orleans. Actively involved with adult concert bands over the years, he was the music director and conductor of the New Orleans Concert Band (1997-2001), and the River Cities Concert Band in Louisville (2003-2005). As a French horn player, he has performed with the Audubon Winds, a professional woodwind quintet, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Symphony in New Orleans, as well as the Tulsa Philharmonic and Signature Symphony in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Indiana University, and the University of North Texas, Dr. Dugger studied French horn with Philip Farkas and Christopher Leuba, and conducting with Anshel Brusilow, Robert Winslow, and Allan McMurray.
Newly married, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, Cheri, as well as puttering around the house and interacting with grand-kids, their two cats and their new puppy.