Brass Chamber Music
Dr. Richard Birkemeier is Emeritus Professor of music at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach. His teaching duties included applied trumpet, brass ensembles, and music history with a specialization in the 19th century Wind Band. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, University of Memphis and Northwestern University, Dr. Birkemeier has held faculty positions at Lakeland College, Northern Illinois University and Ohio Wesleyan University before coming to CSULB in 1985.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Birkemeier has served as Associate Dean of the College of the Arts, Vice-Chair of the Music Department, and Director of the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz. He is a professional trumpeter and conductor and has performed with: the Columbus Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and the Golden State British Brass Band, among others. He is currently serving as Chair of the Conference Artist Committee for the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference that will be held in Anaheim, CA next June.
Since 1988, Dr. Birkemeier has been Musical Director of the The Americus Brass Band, a Los Angeles-based professional brass ensemble that recreates 19th century American brass bands performing on original period instruments. He has led several national concert tours with the group, produced three critically acclaimed CDs, conducted the group at the Hollywood Bowl and made more than a dozen TV and movie appearances including Glory, Gettysburg, Geronimo: An American Legend, and Hidalgo.