The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band
Meet Our Musicians--Band Member Bios
Name: Rick Clark
Instrument: Tenor Saxophone
Uniform Selection: Parkview
Rick Clark comes by his saxophones naturally, as both of his parents were dance band saxophonists. Rick plays all saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone), but has focused on the tenor sax for the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band.
He began playing saxophone at age five and played for the Poughkeepsie, New York High School band before joining the Lehigh Marching 97 at Lehigh University, which is known as the “Finest in the East.” The Lehigh Band is entirely “student-run.” http://www.marching97.org. Rick had a really good time as part of the Marching 97. He lists his favorite band experience as “Lehigh's band camps, especially Freshman year...what I can remember of it anyway.”
Rick’s youth was spent in “23 locations between Madison, Wisconsin and Rome, Italy.” He hadn’t played saxophone for some 35 years after leaving Lehigh, but it all came back when he joined the Band. He’s been a Gunbarrel resident for the past 22 years.
Rick, affectionately known as “Stovepipe” and “Storch” in some parts, doesn’t limit himself to playing saxophone. He also plays the hammer dulcimer, guitar, tenor banjo and mandolin.
In his working life, Rick was a software analyst/developer for IBM, but his interests and hobbies are as varied as his musical talents. “I enjoy many hobbies including astronomy, photography, brewing beer, competitive target shooting, and music making and recording in all forms,” he says. Rick is responsible for recording several of the Niwot Band’s performances, which you can find on the Band’s website.
His favorite song is A Dream Goes On Forever by Todd Rundgren. “It reminds me of my first love.”
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