Assistant Director of Bands
Erik W. Richards is the Assistant Director of Bands at Iowa State University. In this capacity, Dr. Richards directs the Iowa State University Concert Band I and II, the Women's Basketball Pep Band, assists with the Cyclone Marching Band, and supervises student teachers.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his Master's of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his Ph.D. in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting, with a Certificate in College Teaching, from The Florida State University. While at Florida State, Dr. Richards served as an assistant conductor for the Florida State University Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Campus Band, and as a graduate assistant for the Marching Chiefs. Additionally, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, instrumental methods, and instrumental conducting.
Prior to his appointment at Iowa State, Dr. Richards served as Director of Bands at Thomas A. Edison High School with the Fairfax County Public Schools in Alexandria, VA.
His research interests include the development of effective music teaching characteristics, instrumental music pedagogy, and wind band literature. He has presented research at the Pennsylvania State University Thompson Symposium and has been published in Contributions to Music Education. Dr. Richards is also active as a guest clinician/conductor and has appeared throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and the state of Florida.