Richard D. Brasco is a native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Vincent College, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and a Master Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina.
Mr. Brasco is an educator with thirty-five years experience in Georgia and South Carolina before he retired in 2003. Concert, jazz, and marching bands under his direction have performed at the Georgia and South Carolina state music conventions, ASBDA National Convention in Atlanta, the University of South Carolina Conductor’s Symposium, the University of Georgia Winter Music Festival, the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London, England, Westminster Central Hall in London, and the Easter Festival in Maastricht, the Netherlands. His bands have received consistent Superior ratings in level VI music in festivals and contests in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. He has served as guest clinician/adjudicator in London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Alaska, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, the University of Georgia, and Winthrop University in South Carolina. Mr. Brasco conducted the second band at Winthrop University Summer Band Camp for twelve years and the The Augusta University Conservatory Wind Symphony for twelve years. He served as adjunct faculty for the Augusta University for over thirty years, and conducted the high school band at the AU Conservatory Summer Music Camp for over twenty years.
Mr. Brasco is a five-time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence and the ASBDA/Stanbury Award. He has received Teacher of the Year and Star Teacher on three occasions at Evans High School, Evans, Georgia. Mr. Brasco received the “Golden Apple Award” from WJBF television and was also featured in the national “Band and Orchestra” magazine article; Educators Who Make a Difference. Mr. Brasco was inducted into the Wall of Fame at Evans High School in 2008. He received the Career Service Award from the American School Band Directors Association in 2001. In 2018, he received The Distinguished Career Award from the Georgia Music Educators Association.
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, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, and MENC. Mr. Brasco has served in various capacities in the Georgia Music Educators Association, the South Carolina Band Directors Association and the South Carolina Music Educators Association.
Mr. Brasco is founder and conductor of Savannah River Winds which is an adult wind ensemble. This ensemble has performed on several occasions at the GMEA State Music Convention and the South Carolina State Music Convention. Savannah River Savannah River Winds received the prestigious SILVER SCROLL AWARD in 2010. This award is given by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to one outstanding adult wind ensemble throughout North America, and is presented at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Brasco conducted the Augusta Community Band for thirteen seasons, the North Augusta Community Band for five seasons, and has performed with and served as musical director for the Augusta Players in Augusta, Georgia. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors for the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.
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 Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband C. Alan Miller and daughters Penelope and Julia.