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
Terry Bailey
Vice President & Personnel Director
Jerry Goble
Ashley Bustillo
Laura Nation
Concert Manager
Joe Dolkos
Grant Coordinator
Sheri Oestreich
Property Manager
Publicity Coordinator
Jeremy Crabtree
Ed Gutierrez

Band Roster


Marit Buesing


Velma Bogart
Marit Buesing
Maggie Clark
Shanon Cooke
Lynn Davis
Nancy Hinkle
Karen Leach
Laura Nation
Sheri Oestreich
Pauline Quinones
Margaret Sims
Barbara Ward


Samantha Abeln
Bethany Tilbury

English Horn

Bethany Tilbury


Julie Jameson
Kelly Napier

Eb Clarinet

Terry Bailey

Bb Clarinet

Terry Bailey
Ashley Bustillo
Bob Fortenbaugh
Bruce Hamberlin
Victoria Parker
Monica Ramirez
Jimmy Rosendo

Bass Clarinet

Chelsea Schurman
Ed Gutierrez

Alto Saxophone

Ramon Alvarado
Jaime Bustillo
Teresa Francis
Jerry Goble
Carly Hertzog

Tenor Saxophone

Jeremy Crabtree

Baritone Saxophone

Douglas Dow


Bekka Bailey-Kelliher
Mike Buesing
Jim Ecabert
Cara Goings
Jay Kelliher
Pedro Maldonado
Cassie Payton
Kerry Payton
Mark Pease

French Horn

Allie D'Amico
Jessi Fazio
Bob Gergens
Megan Hinds
Christen Stout


Joey Carroll
Joe Dolkos
Arlin Ehrlich
Grady Niblo

Bass Trombone

Travis Alcorn


Jason Guidry
Steve Musser
Wilson Padgett
Keith Tindall


Greg Brunken
Brian Fratto


Cameron Absolom
Kyle McKinzey
Judie Savage
Sevy Deleon
Suzanne Winter