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.

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
Karen Robbins
Concert Manager
Felicity Nesbitt
Grant Coordinator
Sheri Oestreich
Equipment Manager
Suzanne Winter
Publicity Coordinator
Joey Carroll
Denise Daniels

Band Roster


Marit Buesing


Melissa Aston
Natalie Beck
Velma Bogart
Maggie Clark
Lynn Davis
Christina Drauden
Jennifer (JP) Hall
Christine Halowec
Karen Leach
Laura Nation
Sheri Oestreich
Kayla Poole
Pauline Quinones
Karen Robbins
Margaret Sims

Oboe/English Horn

Samantha Abeln
Bethany Tilbury

English Horn

Bethany Tilbury


Kelly Napier
Rebecca Sanchez

Bb Clarinet

Jessica Braam
Ashley Bustillo
Denise Daniels
Bob Fortenbaugh
Felicity Nesbitt
Monica Ramirez
Jimmy Rosendo Connor Slosek
Payton Stevens

Bass Clarinet

Marah Funk

Alto Saxophone

Jerome Clennon
Jeremy Crabtree
Jerry Goble
Emily Graham
Mark Hillengrass, Jr.
Cliff Swaney

Tenor Saxophone

Jon Baker
Michael Eubanks
John Hall

Baritone Saxophone

Nancy Brown


Mike Buesing
Coby Carroll
Jim Ecabert
Cassie Payton
Kerry Payton
Mark Pease Russ Robinson
David Savage

French Horn

Terry Finley
Becky Ickes
Ben Ledesma
Jacqueline Lowrance
Linda Sharp


Joey Carroll
Arlin Ehrlich
Dustin K. Hasley
Tim Johnson
Brad Keating
Peter Knoll
Jessica Miller

Bass Trombone

Travis Alcorn
Bob Nero
Rebecca Rosenbloom


Julie Brodt
Mark Finley
Steve Musser


Brian Fratto
Rudy Stubbs


Wendy Atkins
Pam Garmon
Kyle McKinzey
Judie Savage
Suzanne Winter