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Dick Dunscomb is one of the leading authorities
in the field of jazz music and music education. He
has been recognized nationally and
internationally as a guest conductor, author,
adjudicator, clinician and consultant. Through
his work with IAJE, Warner Bros. Music,
Alfred/Belwin Music and other agencies he has
presented more than 200 workshops including
conducting and jazz clinics throughout the United
States, as well as Australia, Europe, Canada,
Sweden, Japan and South America.
Throughout his career, Professor Dunscomb has been recognized with numerous
honors and awards. The International Association of Jazz Educators elected Dunscomb
to its Hall of Fame. The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra clinic,
awarded Dunscomb the prestigious Medal of Honor. He also received numerous awards
for his outstanding conducting, teaching and service from several universities. He was
the North American Coordinator for the Montreux (Switzerland) International Jazz Festival
for 18 years and has served as Executive Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. His
most recent publications include, with Dr. Willie Hill, Jr. Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz
Educator’s Handbook and Resource Guide, a publication designed to provide a
foundation and structure to plan and implement a successful jazz program, and Jazz
Zone…the beginning, a jazz method.
Currently Professor Emeritus, Dunscomb was the former Chair of the Music Department
at Columbia College Chicago, the nations premiere visual, and performing, media and
communications arts’ college located in Chicago, Illinois. He is Vice President of the
board of directors for the Midwest Clinic, the largest annual event for instrumental music
in Chicago, Illinois with more than 17,000 participants. He is an educational clinician for