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Rick Hirsch is a nationally-known composer, arranger and jazz educator living in State College, PA. Check out his music, book a live jazz band in Central Pennsylvania.



new Badger Band arranger

Rick Hirsch

I’ve been arranging halftime music for the Penn State Blue Band annually since 2002. Listen to many of those arrangements here.

As of this marching band — I mean football season — I am now a contributing arranger for the University of Wisconsin Badger Band.

I’ve arranged the full halftime shows that will be performed on Sept. 21, Oct. 5, and Oct. 12. I’m thrilled to be writing for this iconic college marching band.

As a side note, I’ll also be arranging one tune for the University of Iowa Hawkeye Band (as I did last season, too).

Stay tuned…

3 New Jazz Ens. Charts

Rick Hirsch

I’ve just released three brand-new pieces for jazz ensemble.

And the coolest part is that all three of these have been received the Editors’ Choice designation in the JW Pepper catalog.

James Brown goes big band • Grade 4 • Bass Trombone or Bari Sax feat.

Oh yes, it’s raucous.

Check it out


Up-tempo swinger • In a Japanese Pentatonic mode • Grade 4-5

Alto & Trumpet feature • B.Y.O.G. (Bring Your Own Gong)

Check it out


Grade 1 • Sneaky, swingy, and bluesy • Don’t wake Mom and Dad!

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Blue Band holidays

Rick Hirsch

Last Saturday (Nov. 24, 2018) marked the Penn State Blue Band’s final halftime show of the regular season. In the rain/sleet they performed three brand-new arrangements of mine:

  • Carol of the Bells (a la DCI!)

  • All I Want for Christmas (a la Big 10 dance feature)

  • Auld Lang Syne (a la too much champagne / Second Line vibe)

They’re standing still due to the field conditions (rain/sleet).

Tango time

Rick Hirsch

I just stumbled across a couple videos that made my day. Both are performances by high school jazz bands of Tonight, We Tango.

The first one features tango dancers (students and faculty!!) and the second features a soloist playing the accordion part on melodica, which sounds fantastic.

Sincere thanks to these bands and the many others who’ve embraced the joy of the Tango.

Arroyo High School Knights Jazz Band performs "Tonight, We Tango" at "2018 Spring Spectacular", Featuring Arroyo Dance Department.

Arlington Jazz Machine plays Tonight, We Tango.

PSU Halftime 9/1

Rick Hirsch

Here’s the first halftime show of the year from the Penn State Blue Band. They did a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

For this show I arranged Summertime (show opener) and It Don’t Mean a Thing (closer). In the middle is a smokin’ arrangement of That Old Black Magic that has been in their library for years.


Small Town, Big Dreams premier

Rick Hirsch

One week from tonight the Hollidaysburg Area HS Music Department will be premiering Small Town, Big Dreams. This brand-new 7-movement suite was the result of a 3-year commission/residency.

Read this nice article about this project in the Altoona Mirror.

Here's the program:

  1. The Old Chief's Lookout—jazz ensemble
  2. Flying (from the Land of Bondage)—choir
  3. The Water Road—jazz ensemble
  4. New Dog in Town—jazz ensemble
  5. Paranormal Paso Doble—flute + rhythm section
  6. Industry in Motion—string orchestra
  7. Dream Big—all ensembles together!

The concert is free and open to the public:

Thursday, March 8, 2018 • 7pm • Hollidaysburg Area HS • Hollidaysburg, PA