DMA, Arizona State University
MM, Louisiana State University
BM, Mansfield University
Rick Good began his tenure at Auburn University in 1995 as marching band director and associate professor of low brass. He was promoted to director of bands and associate professor of conducting in 2007. Under his direction the Auburn University Marching Band received national acclaim. The marching band's membership grew from 275 to 375, the largest marching band in the history of Auburn University, during his tenure as director, and in 2004, the AU Marching Band received the Sudler Trophy Award, the nation's highest and most coveted award for college and university marching bands. In January of 2005, the band was selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to attend the inaugural parade of George W. Bush. In 2006, the band was selected as one of the top ten marching bands in the country featured at the LSU Hall of Fame Museum entitled "America's Finest University Marching Bands."
In addition to overseeing the successful development of all university bands, Good's current duties include conducting the Auburn University Symphonic band, the university's top performing instrumental ensemble and the AU Wind Ensemble, a smaller select group that features soloists and sections in unique musical opportunities. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in conducting as well as wind literature.
Good has received many honors and awards. In 2006, he was named the co-director of the Macy's All-American Marching Band, working collaboratively with Jon Woods from The Ohio State University. In June 2003, he served as the executive musical director of the Alabama Ambassadors of Music, which consisted of highly talented high school and college vocal and instrumental musicians who embarked on a sixteen-day musical tour of seven European countries. He has been honored with the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Effectiveness Award in Fine Arts and named a Faculty Honoree by the Cardinal Key Honor Society at Auburn. He is a member of the National Band Association's Board of Directors and serves as marching band executive chairman. Good holds various memberships in national and international organizations and is active as a freelance musician and an adjudicator throughout the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe.