Richard Floyd

Richard Floyd has been active as a conductor, music educator, and administrator since 1962. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance, from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles, as well as adult community bands. Floyd recently retired as State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he coordinated all facets of secondary school music competition for some 3500 performing organizations throughout the state for twenty-nine years. He now holds the title UIL State Director of Music Emeritus. He also serves as Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band, which is considered to be one of the premier adult concert bands in America.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Texas, Mr. Floyd served on the faculty at the University of South Florida as Professor of Conducting and at Baylor University, where he held the position of Director of Bands for nine years. He began his career as band director at Richardson Junior High School and then become the first director of the award winning J. J. Pearce High School Band in the same city. He also served as Director of Fine Arts for that district for two years before moving to Baylor University in 1972.

His musical achievements include performances at numerous state and national conventions and conferences, including the 1977 College Band Directors National Association, the 1981 Music Educators National Conference, and concerts at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 1989, 1997, and 2007. Other distinguished performances include concerts for the American Bandmasters Association in 1993 and 2006, and for the 2004 Western International Band Clinic in Seattle. Performances by his various ensembles have been heard on radio broadcasts throughout the United States, Australia, and Europe.

Richard Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor, including appearances in forty American states and in nine other countries. He is a frequent featured clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association, and he has presented three conducting and rehearsal technique clinics for the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2002, he was the recipient of the prestigious A. A. Harding Award, presented by the American School Band Directors Association in recognition of his significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008. He received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. Also in 2011, he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor for distinguished service and contributions to bands, orchestras, and music education. He is a member of Music for All’s Bands of America Hall of Fame.

Publications include co-authorship of Best Music for Beginning Band and contributing authorship for The Musician’s Walk by James Jordon. His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist and numerous national and international publications. In 2006, he was featured on the GIA-produced DVD Kindred Spirits from the series Conducting from the Inside Out. Other contributing conductors included H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, and Allan McMurray.

During Mr. Floyd’s professional career, he has held positions of leadership on many state and national committees for music education and wind music performance. He is a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board of Directors, Chairman of the American Bandmasters Association Educational Projects Committee, and ex-officio member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association Executive Board, and he serves as chair of the College Band Directors National Association Music Education Committee. Mr. Floyd served as National Secretary of CBDNA from 1979 to 2007 and played an active leadership role in the implementation of that organization’s many projects and services for over three decades.