||Rich Zamperini received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Science degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His marching experience includes stints with the General Butler Vagabonds of Butler, Pennsylvania, the Bridgemen of Bayonne, New Jersey, and the 27th Lancers of Revere, Massachusetts where he was respectively instructed by Bands of America Hall of Fame member Michael Kumer, and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame members Bruno Zuccala, Scott Koter, Dennis DeLucia, Frank Dorrite,and Charley Poole. He has performed in wind ensembles conducted by Frederick Fennell, William Revelli, Eugene Corporan, H. Robert Reynolds, and Jack Stamp, and his jazz teachers include Dom Famularo, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, David Garibaldi, and Jimmy Cobb.
Rich’s nearly 40 year career includes experience as a performer, instructor, conductor, director, clinician, composer, arranger, adjudicator, and administrator. As a high school band director, his concert and jazz ensembles consistently performed at superior levels and his marching band’s accolades included two Bands of America regional championships and one Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association crown. He has served as a music judge in 39 states and Canada, including DCA Championships, WGI, and six Drum Corps International finals week appearances. Past administrative positions include director of the General Butler Vagabonds drum and bugle corps, assistant director of the Steel City Ambassadors drum and bugle corps, and music caption coordinator of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges. His students have ranged in age from 4 to 92. Currently, Rich serves as proprietor of the Facebook business page, “Good to Great, Great to Champion”, an independent music education contracting business specializing in marching music ensembles.