Richard C. Crain retired in 2000 after forty-four years in public school music education and has recently served as president of the Board of Directors of The Midwest Clinic. Crain attended Trinity University in San Antonio and received a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. Mr. Crain was band director in Mercedes, Belton, Spring, and Westfield High Schools in Texas. Bands under his direction made appearances at the 1974 Tournament of Roses Parade and The Midwest Clinic in 1980. In 1982, Mr. Crain became Director of Music Programs for the Spring Independent School District. Crain is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, served thirty-two years as Executive Secretary of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, is past president and Honorary Life Member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, and is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Halls of Fame. He and his wife, Gayle, coordinated the National Concert Band Festival for seventeen years and are members of the Music for All/Bands of America Hall of Fame. In May of 2017, he received the Honorary Doctorate Degree from VanderCook College of Music. His accolades include the A.A. Harding Award from the ASBDA, the “Arkansas Traveler Award” from the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, the prestigious Academy of Wind and Percussion Award from the National Band Association at the Midwest Clinic, the Global Peace through Music Award from Women Band Directors International. Crain lives in The Woodlands, Texas, where he serves as a deacon at Spring Baptist Church.