Richard Summers | Clarinet

Richard Summers

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 featured soloist several times, is assistant conductor, and personnel manager of this fine community band.  His wife, Karen, is also an NJWS member and clarinetist, and their son, Stephen, also was a clarinetist in the group.  Richard has played with many area 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.