Richard L. Floyd

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Richard Floyd has been active as a conductor, music educator and administrator since 1962. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands.

Mr. Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe with engagements in 45 American states and in 9 other countries. In 2002 he was the recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award recognizing his significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement. He was named Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and in 2009 he was presented the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award. In March of 2011 he was inducted into the Music for All Hall of Fame and awarded the prestigious Midwest International Clinic Medal of Honor for his distinguished and unique contributions to educational bands and orchestras. Most recently Floyd was elected to the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts and presented the Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity Distinguished Service to Music Award.

Always Remember Why You Chose this Wonderful Profession

Richard Floyd writes on how to keep the magic alive when you’re in the trenches.

If Your First Chair Players Can’t Play In Tune, Then Your Band Will Never Play In Tune

Richard Floyd discusses the importance of playing in tune beyond your own section.