Dr. Richard McGee received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Denver. After conducting high school band for five years, Richard moved to Las Vegas in 1981 to pursue a music career on the Strip. He first worked at the MGM Grand, then became lead trombonist and assistant conductor of the Folies Bergere Orchestra at the Tropicana Hotel. He played or conducted over 4,000 performances at the Tropicana between 1982 and 1989. In 1989, Richard began an eleven-year association with the Caesar's Palace house orchestra, where he performed regularly with such stars as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mathis, and many more.

Also in 1989, Richard was offered his current teaching position at College of Southern Nevada. Since that time, he earned his doctorate in Education Administration at UNLV and became founding Artistic Director of the CSN Performing Arts Center, and founding Musical Director of the Nevada Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In 1998, Richard helped found the Las Vegas Philharmonic, with which he still serves as Associate Conductor. Richard produces and conducts the Philharmonic's Cox Communication Youth Concert Series, which in nine years has brought over 120,000 young people to the concert hall to hear live symphonic music. Dr. McGee is the Chair of the College of Southern Nevada Fine Arts Department.

Richard has been active in many arts organizations in the Las Vegas area. He has received numerous honors and awards for music and teaching, including the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 2002 Community Achievement Award for Arts and Entertainment, and the Nevada Music Educators Association 2004 Service to Music Education Award. In 2006, Richard and his wife Joan were named co-recipients of the Nevada Governor's Arts Award for Arts and Education. He continues to stay active as a performer, clinician and conductor throughout the Southwest.   Please visit Dr. McGee's Home Page

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