Rick Baker - Conductor/Music Director 

Rick 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.

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Board of Directors

Conductor & Music Director

Rick Baker


Aubrey Martin

Vice President & Personnel Director

Christine Halowec


Kelly Napier


Marit Buesing

Concert Manager

Terry Finley

Grant Coordinator

Melissa Tyson

Equipment Manager

Suzanne Winter

Publicity Coordinator

Teresa Burnett


Mike Buesing

Website Administrator

Dave Burnett

Band Roster

Travis Alcorn

Brandon Barrett

Velma Bogart

Courtney Brandt

Nancy Brown

Donna Bryant

Mike Buesing

Marit Buesing

Dave Burnett

Teresa Burnett

Coby Carroll

Erin Chernak

Maggie Clark

Bill Cleaver

Denise Daniels

Lynn Davis

Angel Dodson

Christina Drauden

Jim Ecabert

Michael Eubanks

April Finley

Mark Finley

Terry Finley

Bob Fortenbaugh

Brian Fratto

Pam Garmon

Jerry Goble

Karen Goodwin

Christine Halowec

Nancy Hinkle

Al Holland

Cerissa Howell Brown

Rebekah Ickes

Ron Jackson

Jan Johansen

Tim Johnson

Trent Kendrick

Peter Kroll

Karen Leach

Anna Leidheiser

Steve Lewis

Tammey Marsh

Aubrey Martin

Frank Martinez

Tracy McConnell

Jessica Miller

Matt Miller

Steve Musser

Kelly Napier

Mark Napier

Laura Nation

Elizabeth Peters

Pauline Quinones

Monica Ramirez

Deborah Ray

Russ Robinson

Jimmy Rosendo

Catherine Samson

David Savage

Judie Savage

Linda Sharp

Emily Shaw

John Short

Margaret Sims

Nicholas Spainhower

Eric Stephens

Karel Stewart

Cliff Swaney

Bud Thames

Melissa Tyson

Joel Wagner

Barbara Ward

Sandy White

Suzanne Winter

Scott Wolfe

Sara Wolfe

Kate Zimmerman