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  • Richard Auman

    Instructor, Trombone

    Richard Auman has worn many hats throughout the years both in and out of music. Upon graduation from Findlay University he enlisted in the United States Army. Assigned to the 173rd Army Band, Ft. Dix, N.J., he was a bass trombonist and rehearsal non-commissioned officer in charge of the chorus. A tour in South Viet Nam with the Americal Division Band (23rd Infantry Division) included acting First Sergeant, acting band leader, drum major, as well as lead trombonist.

    Following his military tour, he returned to Latrobe, Pa. to direct 2 local high school bands, and continue with post-graduate studies at Duquesne University. Vacations from the classroom included serving as a music education representative for a music store, and independent re-modeling contractor, a newspaper reporter, radio announcer and music store manager.

    Joining North Suburban Symphonic Band in its second year of existence, under the baton of founder Warren Mercer, he served as principal trombone, principal euphonium and assistant music director. He is currently a member of the Kiski Valley Symphonic Band, playing tenor and bass trombone.

    Retired after forty years of directing the Chancel Choir of the Latrobe United Methodist Church, he is currently singing bass in the Latrobe Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir.

    Mr. Auman has been educating musicians for over 45 years. He was been director of two high school band programs, has taught elementary classroom music, instrumental music, as well as junior high music. Currently, he is brass and music consultant with the Hempfield Area High School Marching Band.

    Richard is also involved in writing and arranging music for various vocal and instrumental groups. He continues to be a free lance musician, performing with pit orchestras, as well as small instrumental ensembles.