Conductor and Music Director - Rick Baker

Rick Baker - Conductor/Music DirectorRick Baker - Conductor/Music DirectorRick Baker is the Conductor and Music Director of the Arlington Community Band. Prior to his appointment as its Conductor, he played first trumpet in the band for 28 years. He is finishing his thirty third year as a music educator. Rick retired in 2007 after twenty nine years of teaching Band in the Arlington I.S.D. He was most recently Director of Bands at James Bowie High School, where he also served as Head of the Fine Arts Department. Prior to his tenure at Bowie High School, Mr. Baker taught Junior High School in Arlington for nineteen years. He has also served as the President of Region 5 of the Texas Music Educators Association and as the Region 5 U.I.L. Orchestra Chairman. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in the area. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, and also holds a Masters in Music from East Texas State University. (Now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce)

Bands under his direction have won numerous First Divisions at U.I.L. competitions, as well as many well-known Festivals throughout the United States. He has had many award winning groups in several different areas, including Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band.

Mr. Baker is also very active as a professional trumpet player. He played Principal Trumpet with the Wichita Falls Symphony for five seasons and played in the Texas Wind Symphony for fifteen seasons. In addition he has spent twenty-eight years in the Arlington Community Band, and six years in the Collection Jazz Orchestra. He also plays in the Metro Praise Orchestra and The Joshua Experience, two area Christian Big Bands. He also free-lances in local churches and musical theater productions.

He is very active in his retirement, doing many band clinics, judging contests, and playing his trumpet. Mr. Baker has a trumpet studio of 22 trumpet students he teaches each week. Mr. Baker is also an adjunct professor of music at Dallas Baptist University where he teaches classes in Music Education as well as instrumental private lessons.

Board of Directors

Conductor & Music Director
Rick Baker
Jerry Goble
Vice President & Personnel Director
Marah Funk
Kelly Napier
Marit Buesing
Concert Manager
Felicity Nesbitt
Grant Coordinator
Equipment Manager
Suzanne Winter
Publicity Coordinator
Joey Carroll
Denise Daniels

Band Roster


Christine Halowec


Melissa Aston
Velma Bogart
Marit Buesing
Lynn Davis
Christine Halowec
Nancy Hinkle
Karen Leach
Laura Nation
Pauline Quinones
Cat Samson
Margaret Sims
Barbara Ward

Oboe/English Horn

Samantha Abeln
Teresa Burnett

English Horn

Samantha Abein
Teresa Burnett
Bethany Tilbury


Trent Kendrick
Kelly Napier

Bb Clarinet

Dave Burnett
Bob Fortenbaugh
Aubrey Martin
Felicity Nesbitt
Monica Ramirez
Jimmy Rosendo
Emily Shaw

Bass Clarinet

Elie Dunn

Alto Saxophone

Jerry Goble
Frank Martinez
Cliff Swaney

Tenor Saxophone

Michael Eubanks

Baritone Saxophone

Nancy Brown


Mike Buesing
Colby Carroll
Jim Ecabert
Matt Miller
Russ Robinson
David Savage
Bud Thames

French Horn

Terry Finley
Becky Ickes
Jenifer Oradat
Linda Sharp


Joey Carroll
Bill Cleaver
Dustin Hasley
Peter Knoll
Jessica Miller
Travis Whaley

Bass Trombone

Travis Alcorn


April Finley
Mark Finley
Steve Musser


Greg Brunken
Brian Fratto


Pam Garmon
Kevin Leman
Judie Savage
Suzanne Winter