Rick Hirsch

Rick Hirsch

Rick Hirsch (BA UMass-Amherst; MM Northern Illinois University) is an award-winning composer and arranger who began his career as a personal music copyist for Bob Mintzer and Toshiko Akiyoshi. He has written music for jazz icons Yusef Lateef and Eddie Henderson, the Capitol Quartet, and the storied Penn State Blue Band, to name a few. He is in demand as a guest conductor for All-State and District Jazz Bands, and formerly served on the music faculty of Penn State University. In 2017 Rick Hirsch’s BIG OL’ BAND released their debut album, Pocono Git-Down, celebrating the vibrant under-the-radar jazz scenes beyond the big cities.