Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT

Richard Wyman

Dr. Richard Wyman has served as Executive Director of Community Music School since May 2020. He hires and manages the school’s 25 faculty and 3 administrative staff, leads Fundraising and Marketing initiatives in partnership with the Board of Trustees, and oversees all aspects of the school’s successful operations. Wyman also currently serves as Music Director of the Metropolitan Winds (“MetWinds”), a band outside Boston where its 60 instrumentalists audition for seating and membership.

Rick is the former Assistant Director of the United States Coast Guard Band, where he regularly conducted throughout the United States and abroad, including the Band’s historic 2008 Japan and 2011 Taiwan tours. He led the Band’s educational initiatives; designing, hosting, and conducting innovative “Young People’s” concerts for over 6000 students annually. Dr. Wyman also created and led a program presenting interactive chamber music assemblies in schools that reached a total of over 50,000 elementary students. He served as the Band’s producer for ten CDs and two White House “Pageant of Peace” PBS specials. He also managed/supervised the band’s 53 professional musicians and all areas of production and operations including recruiting and hiring, personnel, recordings, library, finance, chamber music, public relations, touring, concert operations, and logistics.

His work as a saxophonist and chamber musician has earned two year-long residency grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, four performance visits to the White House, an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and employment at Disneyworld, Busch Gardens (FL), and with assorted jazz and salsa bands.

Wyman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting and Music History from the University of Connecticut, a Graduate Certificate in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management from UCONN, a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Illinois, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Saxophone and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.