Broadway Trumpet Player Rick Henly

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Rick Henly, Lead Trumpet on the Broadway hit "Miss Saigon", has 20 years experience playing Lead Trumpet on Broadway shows. He graduated from Ithaca College and earned a Masters Degree from Northwestern University. Following school, Rick auditioned and was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a position which included a scholarship to study with the great Adolph Herseth of the Chicago Symphony. This was followed by a Fellowship to study for two summers at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.

His early career included performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He played on several recordings with the Chicago Symphony. While in Chicago, Rick was also on the faculties of The American Conservatory of Music, Elmhurst College and the Preparatory Department at Northwestern University.

Called one day to fill in for an ailing lead trumpeter, Rick went to the theater to play for Meredith Wilsonís "The Music Man", starring Dick Van Dyke. Conductor Milton Rosenstock was so impressed with the trumpet solo at the end of the show, that he insisted that Rick play the show on Broadway the following week.

Aside from "Miss Saigon", Rick is also Lead Trumpet for Charli Persipís big band "Supersound", and can be heard each night playing the theme for NewsHour on PBS. He has also performed with the New York Pops, American Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Little Orchestra Society (Soloist), Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey, and Frank Sinatra. Conductors with whom Rick has worked include Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Andre Previn, Rafael Kubelik and Lukas Foss.

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