Judge Details
Rickey Badua

Caption : Music

Judging History
Dr. Rickey H. Badua is currently the Director of Bands at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, teaches instrumental conducting and oversees all aspects of the instrumental music program.

Prior to his appointment at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Dr. Badua received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Georgia where he studied conducting with Dr. John P. Lynch. As a conducting associate, Dr. Badua conducted all six concert ensembles and assisted the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band and athletic bands. Dr. Badua was also the recipient of the Director’s Excellence and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award.

Dr. Badua is active as a presenter and guest conductor throughout the U.S. and abroad including appearances at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Georgia Music Educator’s Association, and the National Association for Music Education-Northwest Division Conference.

As a marching band clinician, Dr. Badua has worked with numerous high school programs throughout Washington, California, Georgia, and Hawaii and has been on staff with the Hawaii All-State Marching Band and Kamehameha Schools Marching Band in their appearances in the Tournament of Rose’s Parade in Pasadena, CA, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York and the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. He also serves as brass supervisor and music coordinator for the Eruption Drum & Bugle Corps.

From 2007-2011 Dr. Badua was the Director of Bands and Arts Department Chair at Peninsula High School and District Music Coordinator of the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, WA. Under his leadership, Dr. Badua developed a comprehensive band program, which included a Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Color Guard and Winter Guard. During his tenure, he raised the standard of excellence where each ensemble consistently received “Superior” ratings at all festival and contests in the region, most notably, the Wind Ensemble’s performance at the 2011 Music Educator’s National Conference-Northwest in Bellevue, WA.

Dr. Badua earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA where he also received an honorary fellowship to complete his Master of Arts in Teaching degree. He holds professional memberships in the College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the College Band Directors National Association.

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