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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.

Metroliner: honorable


Metroliner: honorable

Rick Hirsch

My 2015 composition Metroliner just received honorable mention in the 2016 Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest.


About this contest

The winning composition this year is For the Rise of a New Day by Cassio Vianna of Greeley, CO.

The IC Jazz Ensemble will perform the winning and honorable mention pieces in a concert March 8. They will feature guest soloist Tony Kadleck, a NYC-based trumpeter who has performing and recording credentials out the wazoo: Maria Schneider, Buddy Rich, New York Pops, etc...

» Ithaca College's FULL PRESS RELEASE 

Incidentally, my composition Mirage was the winning composition in 2015's contest.


About Metroliner

I wrote Metroliner last spring for Chris Vadala's excellent University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble. It is a musical portrait of a high-speed train in it's hey-day.

If you're interested, here are the score and an audio recording. This bootleg was made on our monthly reading-band gig, so it is not without mistakes. After a few more play-throughs the band is going to sound dyn-o-mite on it.