Dick Stark

Dick Stark played cornet with the band during the Paleozoic Era but switched to Eb tuba in 2014 as his declining sensitivity to higher frequencies became obvious. Dick began his musical studies on trumpet with the North Conway (N.H.) Community Center Band in 1958. He continued playing through high school in Tullahoma, Tennessee, after which he took a 41-year break. He studied English literature and French at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. After a stint in the newspaper business and law school at Vanderbilt, he had a career as a tax lawyer in private practice in Dallas, Texas, and Washington, D.C., punctuated by a mid-career detour to work as an executive with the Internal Revenue Service. Dick took the trumpet up again as he was approaching retirement. Since he had doubts about the thoroughness of his childhood lessons with a Swiss-born cellist unfamiliar with the term “embouchure”, he wisely began studying with some of the breath-taking talents from the armed forces bands in the D.C. area and now spends much of his time with practice, lessons, rehearsals, and performances on the trumpet, tuba, and a recently acquired euphonium. In addition to tuba with RBB, he plays trumpet with the Arlington Concert Band and the Jazz Workshop and both trumpet and tuba with the Bluemont Brass Quintet, in which several other members of RBB play.