Throughout my life, cats have always been a source of joy and love. Our cat, Callie, grew up with me into middle school, but I unfortunately remember little of her, aside from that joy and love. I'm dedicating this piece to the cats in my adult life since I met my wife, Becky. They each have a special place in my heart, and this piece is a tribute to them. The first movement describes the pain I felt when losing Cuddles and Chloe. The second movement describes the joy, love, and playfulness they all bring while on this Earth. The piece is also meant to be somewhat educational in nature and is a great tool for an intermediate player to learn expressiveness and somewhat more advanced techniques of music-making.
Taps has always been near and dear to me for almost as long as I've played the Trumpet. I have played it more times than I can count. I decided to write this arrangement to give tribute to those and all Veterans and Service Members. It is also a way of helping the "Echo Taps Worldwide" cause. "Echo Taps Worldwide" was first done on May 19, 2007, in recognition of Armed Forces Day at National Cemeteries, State Veterans Cemeteries and American Battle Monuments Cemeteries overseas.
As a part of his Graduate Conducting Recital at The University of Akron, Zack Richards composed and conducted this original work. Performed by the Graduate Recital Choir and UA Men's Chorus Accompanied by Kevin Klemm Conducted by Zack Richards April 27, 2014 in Guzzetta Recital Hall.
The Freedom Brass Band of Northeast Ohio directed by Robert D. Jorgenson performs Zack Richards' "The Last Full Measure of Devotion." Soloists: David Richmond, Trumpet Linda Gingerich, Flugelhorn Daniel Wyant, Euphonium Carolyn Curtis, Cornet Mary Jean Lyon, Timpani.
This is me singing Oh Holy Night on Christmas Eve 2017 at First Lutheran Church.
Sing for Joy! is a song for Contemporary Praise Band with lyrics and music by Zack Richards. It was commissioned by First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Strongsville, OH for the celebration of Pastor Chuck Knerem's 30th anniversary of his ordination on July 17th, 2016. It is performed by the Contemporary Praise Band with soloist Jordan Novak. All music and photos in this video were created by and are owned by Zack Richards.
Learn about how important relaxed breathing is and some ways to accomplish it in your music making.
Learn this exercise to boost your range and endurance on the trumpet.
Learn this exercise to help prevent the dreaded Frack while playing trumpet, or any brass instrument.
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First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Strongsville, OH has a strong tradition of music for the praise of our Lord. Our musical selections range from Renaissance Motets to Contemporary Rock songs and Jazz works. We are always looking for more individuals hoping to share their talents in the worship of God and Jesus Christ!