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Rich Harding


Richard Harding – Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Richard has been passionate about music as long as he can remember!  He comes from a very musical family with a diverse and intense love of music from Dixieland Jazz (Rich’s dad) to Opera (Rich’s mom).  Richard studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto (Jazz Performance) and completed his studies at the University of Calgary (B.Mus.).  The rest of Richard’s music education was learned ‘on the gig’ where he has been honoured and privileged to perform with amazing local, national, and international musicians. Richard has performed and recorded with many outstanding groups such as the Jens Lindemann Big Band, Calgary Jazz Orchestra (CJO), Prime Time Big Band, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), Lorna MacLachlan Quintet, Calgary Stampede Grandstand Orchestra, Barry Shaw Orchestra, Soul Providers, Penguins on Broadway, TR3, Tim Tamashiro Orchestra and his own jazz groups.

Richard has worked as an educator for over 30 years teaching private lessons, clinics, and guest conducting in Calgary and the southern Alberta region.  He recently retired from the CBE where he taught Jazz Band, Jazz Studies, Technique Classes, and Concert Band.  For his last 10 years at the CBE Richard was the Director of the Jazz Program at Western Canada High School.  Richard would love the opportunity to take you on as a student and get you to the next level of performance!  Accepting students from beginner to advanced.