Rick Kirby (b. 21 March 1945, Brookline, Mass.) was educated in the New England area. After arriving in Wisconsin in 1974, he taught at several high schools and universities. He retired from public school teaching in 2001 to pursue a full-time career as a composer and arranger. Before retirement, Mr. Kirby's last public school teaching position was at Waukesha West High School.
Rick Kirby is the Wisconsin Music Educator Association's 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to a music educator for lifelong meritorious service, excellence and dedication to music education in Wisconsin.
Mr. Kirby has arranged or composed for many marching bands including groups from Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Arizona and California. He is presently the staff arranger for the award-winning Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band and the Wisconsin State Champion Waukesha West High School Marching Band. Mr. Kirby has also been involved in many commissioning projects including writing compositions for concert bands, jazz ensembles, choirs, and other instrumental ensembles. Several of his works are in publications.
Kirby presently directs the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band and the Carroll College Jazz Ensemble. He is also the associate conductor of the Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin.
Works for Winds
- An American Fanfare (2009)
- Different Voices (2002)
- Echoes in the Woods (2017)
- Garden of the Gods
- He's Gone Away (as arranger) (2009)
- March to Concord (2014)
- Spirit of the Highlands
- Tales of the Minstrel Boy
- Three Colonial Moments
- Water is Wide, The (Kirby)
- Winter's Night, A (as arranger)