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Rick Hirsch

A varied musical diet is all in a day’s work. I've played saxophone with Tito Puente, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Max Roach, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. I've also performed with the Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey Orchestras, on NPR’s Whaddya Know and with living jazz greats Rufus Reid, Conrad Herwig, Bob Mintzer, Tim Hagans, and Phil Woods.

And I've done hundreds (thousands?) of other gigs with loads of other good musicians and bands nobody has ever heard of.

Since moving from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania in 1999, I've garnered notice as a composer and arranger, too, winning two Fellowships in Jazz Composition from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). For fifteen years I've had music published by the wonderful Walrus Music. But now you can purchase it all directly from me through this website.

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”Great writing and blazing alto playing.“ ��”Bob Mintzer

”The language is rich and daring, and sometimes quite abrasive to my ears��”but it’s entirely stimulating!“ ��”(Queen guitarist) Brian May

”The [VA All-State Jazz Band} loved playing Catch Me if You Can and ate it up!“ ��”Miles Osland (UKY Prof. of Jazz Studies & Saxophone)

”The kids loved Catch Me if You Can!“ ��”PMEA President & Hollidaysburg HS band director Scott Sheehan

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State College, PA


M.M. Individualized Curriculum, Northern Illinois University (1995) studies with Ron Modell, Ron Carter, Steve Duke, Glenn Kostur, Bob Fleisher B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Music, University of Massachusetts— Amherst (1992) studies with Lynn Klock, Yusef Lateef, Jeff Holmes I participated in David Liebman's Chromatic Master Class. Also spent some time with Boysie Lowery, Clifford Brown's improvisation teacher! And I've picked the brains of many other wonderful musicians, including John Riley, Jim McNeeley, Bob Mintzer, and Dennis Mackrel, to name a few. That's the good stuff!

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