Richard Wright

Talents

Bio

          
          Bass Guitar
          Lead Vocals
          Harmony Vocals
Richard Wright is a true veteran of the Jacksonville music scene. He began his career playing electric bass in local bands and in school ensembles. He studied the double bass with his high school music director to learn to read music. The effort paid off with a music scholarship to Jacksonville University as well as a position as double bassist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Through his experiences at J. U. and J. S. O. Richard was exposed to a wide variety of playing styles including jazz, funk, rock, classical, 20th century, electronic music,and digital music. His playing experience has ranged from Bach to Stravinsky and from Louie Armstrong to The Clash. Richard has performed with such notable artist as Arthur Fiedler, Beverly Sills, Roberta Peters, Peter Nero, Dave Brubeck, Benny Goodman, Van Cliburn, Diane Caroll, Benny Benack, and Billy Taylor.

Other playing highlights of his career have include 3 appearances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, one of which was the first, the Mayport Jazz Festival. He has played extensively with pop, rock, top 40, entertainment groups where he has contributed as a vocalist, guitarist, arranger, and composer as well as bassist. He has paid his dues playing with LeGrande Band, Eric Moore and Forerunner, The Millie McFadden Tro, The Bill Davis Trio, Julie Rogers and the Company, Rick Nesmith and Rare Breed, and The Untouchables.

After his travels, Richard settled down in Jacksonville to work as a Orff music teacher, a band director, and a chorus director for Duval County Schools. Richard served as president for the Northeast Florida Orff Chapter for 2 years. He worked as a Music Therapist at the Northeast Florida State Hospital for 6 years where he created a rock band with patients. The band, "Strawberry Jam" recorded a cd of 5 original songs and performed in the community as well as at hospital events. Richard has directed the summer musicals "Grease" and "Westside Story" for the Youth of the Beaches Arts Guild.

Accepting the challenge of revitalization, Richard is currently living in Springfield and is active with that community in promoting the growth that is sparking a rebirth in one of Jacksonville’s oldest and most historic districts. He also finds time to work with his wife Joyce, volunteering for American Cancer Society benefits.