Rich has been the musical director and conductor of the Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble (See Video of BBWE) the last four years and the director of the Bristol Reunion Jazz Band since its inception. He earned both a BS and MA in music education from Western Connecticut State University. His musical teaching career spans forty years. He is the former director of bands at Bristol Eastern High School, is currently an instrumental teacher at Miss Porter's School and gives private instrumental lessons. He has been guest conductor and adjudicator for numerous Regional Band Festivals including the Connecticut Music Educators Southern and Western Band Festivals, and the Bristol Symphony. and is the retired musical director of the 102nd Army National Guard Band. His many professional accomplishments have earned him national recognition as Connecticut's representative for School Band and orchestra Magazine's "50 Directors Who Make A Difference" Locally he was voted Bristol's 1993 Teacher of the Year. He is past president of the Phi Beta Mu- Band Directors fraternity, as well as former chairman of the Arts Committee for the Conneticut Association of Secondary Schools. Rich lives with his wife Jane in Bristol, Ct..