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Rusty Banks

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Rusty Banks

Biography

Rusty Banks (b. 1974, Jasper, Ala.) is an American composer, guitarist and educator.

Mr. Banks has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Montevallo (Ala.) and a Master of Music degree in composition from Florida State University.

Banks is a composer/guitarist. His compositions have been performed in China, Taiwan, France, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. Besides writing concert music for ballet, orchestra, wind ensemble, and other acoustic ensembles, Rusty designs pieces that use traditional performers, boomboxes, and video within dynamic audio/video installations.

As a guitarist, Rusty is an often called upon interpreter of new works for the concert guitar. In addition to modern works, Rusty has performed much of the traditional solo repertoire as well as concerti with Lincoln Symphony, the Third Chair Chamber Players, Doane Orchestra, and others.

As an educator, Rusty has taught composition, theory, guitar, and music business courses privately and for universities. His educational endeavors are driven by a desire to involve learners in projects that transcend the semester and campus walls and impact the community beyond.

In 2011, Rusty was listed as one of the 100 composers under 40 whose music is “shaping our contemporary musical scene and defining what it means to be a composer in the 21st century.”

Besides composing and performing, Rusty teaches guitar and other music courses at the York College of Pennsylvania.


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