Richard Hicks is in his seventh year as Director of Bands at Lake Travis High School. Mr. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Music degree with teacher certification from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in Applied Music from the University of Houston.
He began his career in education in 2000 as Associate Band Director at Tomball High School in Houston where he served as director of the symphonic winds and marching band. During his tenure at Tomball, Mr. Hicks established consistent UIL Sweepstakes for the school’s non‐varsity band. In 2005, he joined the faculty at the University of Houston, serving as a graduate assistant for university bands. In that capacity, Mr. Hicks was Co‐Director of the symphonic band, concert band, and assisted in all aspects of running a university band program. He also served as Assistant Director of the Cougar Brass and the Spirit of Houston Marching Band.
Most recently, Mr. Hicks served as Head Band Director at J. Frank Dobie High School in Houston, a position he held since 2006. During his time at Dobie High School, Mr. Hicks functioned as lead coordinator for more than 200 student‐musicians annually comprising concert bands as well as winter guard, jazz and marching bands. He also served as Co‐Director of the school’s full orchestra and various musicals and activities within the Fine Arts department. Bands under Mr. Hicks’ direction have received numerous first division ratings (sweepstakes) in marching and concert contests as well as Best-in-Class awards throughout the state and nation. This includes performances at the National Concert Band Festival in 2008 and 2011.
Mr. Hicks is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity.