Richard Begel has been a member of the DPO’s Trombone section since 2003.
Rich began piano lessons at age 5 and began playing trombone in the fourth grade.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Performance in 1993 from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York (Potsdam) and a Master of Music Degree in 1995 from the New England Conservatory of Music.
He is a former member of the Springfield Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Tanglewood Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival and Festival of Two Worlds (Italy).
He teaches a variety of classes and lessons at several institutions: Alexandria Montessori School, Sinclair Community College, Earlham College, Indiana University East, The Miami Valley School and the Dayton Kroc Center. Rich also has been a guest instructor at universities and music festivals in Ohio, Florida, Utah, Michigan, Alaska, Indiana, Colorado and Massachusetts.
He is the author of A Modern Guide for Trombonists & Other Musicians.
Rich and his wife, Melissa, a librarian, have two wonderful children and several unusual pets.