Rafael Antonio Rodriguez is the Boulder Concert Band's conductor and musical director.
"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to make music with the wonderful musicians of the Boulder Concert Band as their new conductor," commented Rodriguez. "I look forward to many joyous musical experiences as we celebrate the band's 40th birthday and work to proudly represent our hometown of Boulder."
Rodriguez is currently attending the University of Colorado in Boulder as a teaching assistant in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting. Mr. Rodriguez received graduate degrees in both Instrumental Conducting (M.M.) and in Education (M.Ed.) from universities in southern California in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and is a 1994 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He serves as Assistant Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic.
Born in Mexico, citizen of the USA, and resident of Costa Rica, Rodriguez has conducted professional bands and orchestras internationally. He is the second prize winner at the Black Sea Conducting Competition in 2012, and debuted in Europe with the Romanian National Opera Orchestra in Constanta in September 2013, returning to conduct in 2014. Rodriguez was selected as a 2015 Conducting Fellow with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and collaborates as a guest conductor with the National Bands of Costa Rica on a regular basis. He
debuted as a professional band conductor with the premiere Banda Nacional de San Jose in 2007.
Rodriguez recently returned from Lima as guest conductor and clinician for "FestiBandas," hosted by the Peruvian Association of Symphonic Band and Ensemble Directors (ASPEB) where he led the Air Force Band of Peru in concert along with the British-Peruvian Cultural Center Youth Orchestra. His work as a conductor and master teacher has taken him to Romania, Bulgaria, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and the USA. Notable performances have included sold-out shows at the Teatro Nacional de
Costa Rica, in the Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City, and at the Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima.
After attending "The Conductors Lab" in Aix-en-Provence, France, featuring an ensemble of ten musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic in 2012, Rodriguez hosted Fergus McWilliam, Horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic, for a week of master classes and concerts with the National Bands of Costa Rica, along with Dr. Thomas Verrier from Vanderbilt University.
Rafael's conducting studies include an ongoing collaboration with Italian maestro Alfredo Bonavera, 1969 winner of the prestigious Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition and assistant conductor with the New York Philharmonic (1969 - 1970), as well as sessions with American maestro Carl St. Clair.
We have dates for our 2016 summer concert series!
Why Do Kids Help Conduct "The Stars and Stripes Forever"?
At every summer Boulder Concert Band concert in Boulder parks, we invite kids to come up and help conduct "The Stars and Stripes Forever." How did this tradition begin?
In the summer of 2012, the Boulder Concert Band was playing a Monday-evening concert at Salberg Park in north Boulder. For our final piece of the concert, we played "The Stars and Stripes Forever."
When the music began, a curly-haired three-year-old boy confidently marched up to the band, stood next to director Randy Coleman, and started to conduct. We all thought he was adorable, and it was such fun to watch him.
The little boy’s name was Joey, and he joined Mr. Coleman in conducting "Stars and Stripes" at every single concert for the rest of that summer. Joey started to bring a bucket along to stand on as his podium.
The next summer, Joey again joined our conductor each week to lead "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Randy Coleman suggested we invite all the kids up to conduct, and a tradition began. BCB commemorative "batons" were eventually added (which, conveniently, could double as pencils when school started), and conductor Will Kinne even led the kids in a little march as the band played.
Now so many kids of all ages join us to conduct that they must take turns at the podium. At the end of the concert, all our little directors join the band in a big bow, to the thunderous applause of our appreciative audience.
Check out our new Meet The Band section!
The Boulder Concert Band is looking for skilled and interested musicians for the following sections:
If you are a musician who is interested in playing with us and can play one of those instruments (or even if you play another instrument) please contact us for more information!