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Phone him at (814) 867-9935.


Please inquire about:

  • School visits & workshops

  • Booking a live jazz group for your event

  • Commissioning custom music

  • Anything else on your mind

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State College, PA

(814) 867-9935

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.


Wedding Jazz

Rick Hirsch's jazz groups have been making Central PA parties great for nearly 20 years. Elegant weddings & cocktails parties, to picnics & block parties.

Classic sound with a contemporary vibe.

Saxophone, bass, guitar, piano, drums, trumpet, trombone.

live jazz for weddings, parties, more

Rick Hirsch's chamber jazz groups have been making parties great for nearly 20 years. They perform music for wedding ceremonies; entertain at elegant cocktail parties, receptions, and dinners; and jazz up the mood at casual cookouts, block parties and picnics. 

Rick's roster of musicians includes the best professional musicians in the region—and throughout Pennsylvania—all of whom work together to provide just the right setting for your event.


choose from

saxophone + piano/guitar/bass (one of these instruments)

The duos are fantastic for setting the mood without breaking the bank.  Suitable for cocktail parties, dinner parties, winery events, intimate wedding receptions, and other gatherings and celebrations.

(1) saxophone, bass, and piano/guitar
(2) saxophone, bass, drums

Trio 1 is the most popular option: it’s intimate enough for a dinner hour, punchy enough for a BBQ, and can even provide music for light dancing.  Adding a drummer is a great way to add some spice and enable more dancing.

saxophone, guitar/piano, bass, drums

Adding a drummer to Trio 1 (above) rounds out the sound of the band, but doesn't have to make it any louder.

Add a vocalist to any of these groups



One of our specialties is performing fun, creative instrumental covers of pop tunes by the likes of the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Nirvana, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, the Doors, Carol King, and others.

We're also thoroughly steeped in jazz classics of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington; the great tunes associated with Sinatra and Tony Bennett; and the great Latin jazz of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Tito Puente.



Here are some bootlegs from live gigs

PAINT IT BLACK (Rolling Stones cover)
Live at the State Theatre, 2017



We perform in State College, Penn State, Bellefonte, Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Johnstown, Clearfield, DuBois, Williamsport, Lewisburg, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster—and all points in between. And some points beyond! If you're not sure if we can travel to your event, just ask.

Here are just a few of the places we've performed:
Governor's Mansion (Harrisburg)
Nittany Lion Inn
Penn Stater
Atherton Hotel
Days Inn Penn State
Celebration Hall
Gamble Mill
Reynolds House
Earlystown Manor
Centre Hills CC
Blairmont CC
Williamsport CC
Scotch Valley CC
Susquehanna Valley CC
Clearfield CC
Calvin House
Juniata College
PSU Arboretum
PSU Hintz Alumni Center
University Club
Gateway Lodge
Liberty Hill
Lewisburg Hotel
Baker Mansion

Let's have a no-pressure chat to discuss whether or not our musicians are a good fit for your event.

If we are—great!  And if we aren't, I'm always happy to recommend someone else who can provide what you want.


picS from the archives

Here's the Rick Hirsch 3 with JoePa!  This was in 2003 at the 30th reunion for the 1973 PSU football team.

In duo with Steve Rudolph at Toftrees

In concert at the State Theatre

Gala benefit for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

Gala benefit for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

With Ted McCloskey at the State Theatre

With Ted McCloskey at the State Theatre



These are the main factors that go into pricing:
. number of musicians
. duration of event
. location (i.e. proximity to State College)


Got questions?

Please call for a no-pressure conversation. 

tel: (814) 867-9935

or email via contact form.