RICK HENLY can be heard on his two solo CDs: LOVE LIKE FIRE and CHRISTMAS PRESENT.
On March 7, 2003, Rick played the American
Premiere of Steve Margoshes’ Ballade for Trumpet and Orchestra
with the Ridgewood Symphony. In November, 2004, he played the World
Premiere of Jake Lentz’s Suite for America with the Woodstock
Chamber Orchestra. He returned to Chicago in 2009 to play
Janacek’s Sinfonietta with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and
then travelled with them to New York for a performance in Carnegie
Rick was Lead Trumpet on a dozen Broadway shows,
including the long-running hit, MISS SAIGON and has over 20 years
experience playing Lead Trumpet on Broadway shows. He graduated from
Ithaca College and earned a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from
Northwestern University. Following school, Rick auditioned and was
appointed Principal Trumpet of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a
position that 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 also 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 (in Chicago), Rick went to the
theater to play for Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN, starring Dick Van Dyke.
For that production, Conductor Milton Rosenstock had written a brilliant trumpet
cadenza (based on the MINUET IN G) to end the show. Conductor Rosenstock was
so impressed with Rick’s rendition of the trumpet solo, that he insisted Rick
come to New York and open the show on Broadway the following week.
Since MISS SAIGON, Rick has performed the on-stage 'Harry James' solo in FOSSE
and substituted as Lead Trumpet on THE PRODUCERS, CABARET, THE MUSIC
MAN, FOLLIES, THOU SHALT NOT, 42nd STREET, and the RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
ORCHESTRA. Rick continues to give solo demonstrations and clinics all around the country.
Rick has performed with the New York Pops,
American Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Little Orchestra Society
(Soloist), Liza Minnelli (Lead Trumpet), Dennis Edwards and The
Temptations Revue (Lead Trumpet), Michael Amante “America’s
Tenor” (Lead Trumpet), Charli Persip’s SUPERSOUND (Lead
Trumpet), Shirley Bassey, and Frank Sinatra.
Conductors with whom Rick has worked include
Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Andre Previn,
Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Lukas Foss and Skitch Henderson.