Richard D. Brasco is a native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Jeannette High School. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Mr. Brasco is an educator with thirty-five years of teaching experience in Georgia and South Carolina. Concert, jazz, and marching bands under his directions have performed at the Georgia and South Carolina state music conventions, American School Band Directors Association National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, the University of South Carolina Conductor’s Symposium, the University of Georgia Winter Music Festival, The Macy*s Parade in New York City, the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London, England, and the Easter Festival in Maastricht, the Netherlands. His ensembles have received consistent Superior ratings in level VI music in festivals and contests in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.
Mr. Brasco has served as guest clinician/adjudicator in London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Alaska, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and North and South Carolina. During Mr. Brasco’s tenure at Evans High School in Evans, Georgia, two pieces were commissioned. LEGEND OF THE SWORD was premiered with composer David Shaffer conducting; and HEAVEN’S LIGHT was premiered with composer Steven Reineke conducting.
Mr. Brasco is a five-time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, the ASBDA/ Stanbury Award, and the ASBDA Career Achievement Award. He was featured in the national “Band and Orchestra” magazine article: “Educators Who Make A Difference”. He also received the “Teacher of the Year” award and “Star Teacher” on three occasions at Evans high school. Mr. Brasco’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu where he has served as treasurer, American School Band Directors Association, National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, where is served on the Board of Directors and chairmen of several association events; South Carolina Band Directors Associaton, where he served on the Board of Directors; and the South Carolina Music Educators Association. He is presently in charge of the GMEA District Ten Commissioning Program.
Although Mr. Brasco retired in 2003, he remains active in the music education scene. He is adjunct faculty at Augusta University, conducts the AU Conservatory Wind Symphony, conducts the high school band at AU Conservatory Summer Camp, and assists local band directors in Georgia and South Carolina with preparations for state evaluations.
Mr. Brasco founded the adult wind ensemble, Savannah River Winds, in 2001. Under his direction this ensemble has made guest appearances at the Georgia Music Educators Association InService Conference in Savannah, Georgia on two occasions; and on two occasions at the South Carolina Music Educators State Music Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. SRW, with guest conductor David Shaffer, recorded a CD of Mr. Shaffer’s compositions for the C.L. Barnhouse Publishing Company. In 2010, Savannah River Winds was the recipient of the prestigious Sudler Silver Scroll Award issued by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and sponsored by the Sudler Foundation. Mr. Brasco conducted the Augusta Community Band for thirteen seasons and the North Augusta Community Band for five seasons. He has performed with and has served as Musical Director for the Augusta Players. On their tour of the Southeast, the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, invited Mr. Brasco to guest conduct in one of their concerts in Statesboro, Georgia. Mr. Brasco is an active clinician/adjudicator in Georgia, and North and South Carolina.
Mr. Brasco currently resides in North Augusta, South Carolina with his wife, Barbara. Their son, Craig, lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife Erika, daughter Natalie, and son, Nicklaus. Their daughter, Mia, lives in Aiken, South Carolina with her husband, C. Alan Miller, and daughters Penelope and Julia.