The Jazz Educator's Handbook and
By J. Richard Dunscomb and
Dr. Willie L. Hill, Jr.
BIG BAND del CONSERVATORIO
L. D'Annunzio di PESCARA
Dick Dunscomb, conductor
conductor, autor, clinician, consultant, educator
is one of the leading authorities in the field of Jazz music and music education. He has been
recognized nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, author, adjudicator, clinician and
consultant. Dunscomb is currently forging new paths with his Jazz Meets the Symphony project
as he conducts symphony orchestras worldwide. He began this project in Italy conducting the
Bari Symphony Orchestra premiering special arrangements by Thomas Gunther and featuring
guest vocalist Bobbi Wilsyn. Throughout his career, Professor Dunscomb has been recognized
with numerous honors and awards. The International Association of Jazz Educators elected
Dunscomb to its Hall of Fame. The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra clinic
awarded Dunscomb the prestigious Medal of Honor. He was presented with a Lifetime
Achievement Award by the Elkhart (IN) Jazz Festival. He has also received numerous awards for
his outstanding conducting, teaching and service from several universities.
He was the North American coordinator for the Montreux (Switzerland)
International Jazz Festival for 18 years and has served as the Executive Director of
the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Through his work with IAJE, Warner Brothers Music, Alfred/Belwin
Jazz Music and other agencies he has presented more than 200 workshops including conducting
and Jazz clinics throughout the United States, as well as Australia, Europe,
Canada, Sweden, Japan and South America. His most recent publications
include, with Dr. Willie Hill, Jr. Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator’s Handbook and
Resource Guide, a publication designed to provide a foundation
and structure to plan and implement a successful Jazz program.
Currently Professor Dunscomb is the chair of the Music Department at Columbia College Chicago,
the nation’s premier visual, performing, media and communication arts’ college located in
Chicago, Illinois. In addition, he is Vice President of the board of directors for the Midwest Clinic,
an annual event in Chicago, Illinois with more than 15,000 participants.
He also serves on the advisory board for the Chicago Jazz Institute.