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Music Director

Local Address: Orlando, Florida, United States
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S.
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Master's Degree , Trombone Performance
    Ball State University
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Web References
BIOS
www.brassbandofcentralflorida.org, 15 June 2013 [cached]
Rick Mizell - 2nd Trombone/Assistant Conductor
After completing his Master's Degree in Trombone Performance at Ball State University, Rick joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow and toured extensively for several years in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and England.
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In 1980, Rick settled in Orlando performing and touring with Andy Williams, Lou Rawls, Natalie Cole, Wayne Newton and numerous other noted entertainers.
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Rick also served as assistant conductor of the Magic Kingdom's Walt Disney World Band, Entertainment Manager at Epcot, and in Disney's Talent Casting and Booking Department. Currently, Rick is Music Director for Walt Disney Entertainment and is the Assistant Conductor of the BBCF.
Rick is an active and prolific arranger specializing in the brass ensemble medium. His arrangements have been performed by numerous brass ensembles nationally and internationally and are published through Kirklees Music, UK. As a conductor, Rick has appeared with Doc Severinsen, Disney's Mariachi Cobre and the San Jose, Phoenix, Modesto, Nashville, Minnesota, Tucson, Oklahoma, Milwaukee and Las Vegas Symphony orchestras.
In addition to the support and love from his wife Bonnie, son John, daughters Kristin and Megan and six grandchildren, Rick credits his musical experiences at the Interlochen Center for the Arts as being a profound influence upon the direction of his life's journey.
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Having had years of experience as a freelance musician in Florida and California, Rich has performed in night clubs, jazz clubs, jazz festivals and recording studios. He has performed with noted musicians and artists including Barry and Andy Gibb, Cab Calloway, The Smothers Brothers, Della Reese, The Drifters, Kathy Lee Gifford, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Ron Hendricks, Eddie Harris, the Del Baroni Orchestra and the Peter Graves Orchestra. As a classical percussionist he has performed with the Ft. Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra, Miami Opera, Broward Symphony Orchestra, Palm Beach Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera, Miami Dade Orchestra, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Miami Percussion Ensemble and Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Rich was also a staff drummer and conductor at Disneyland and has been included in the 4barsrest.com Band of the Year as the best kit player for 2010 & 2011.
Rick Mizell (IAC St 71-73, ...
www.interlochen.org, 1 Jan 2012 [cached]
Rick Mizell (IAC St 71-73, 75-77, IAA St 76-77) is assistant conductor and arranger for the Brass Band of Central Florida, which recently toured the United Kingdom and placed second at the International Brass in Concert Championship at the Sage Gateshead, the highest foreign band placement in the 35 years of the event. Rick is also producing new shows for the launch of the newest Disney cruise ship The Fantasy, in Toronto and Germany, set to sail in March 2012.
Nashville Symphony - News Releases
www.nashvillesymphony.org, 24 April 2006 [cached]
Dancing shoes are required this Cinco de Mayo when Mariachi Cobre and Guest Conductor Rick Mizell make their debut fiesta with the Nashville Symphony on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. at TPAC's Jackson Hall.
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Rick Mizell, guest conductor- Rick Mizell, Music Director for Walt Disney Entertainment, most recently completed his 16th year as Music Director and Conductor for the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, conducting and supervising the cast of over 400 members presenting 108 performances over the holiday season. He joined the Walt Disney World Company in 1982 after touring with Lou Rawls, Natalie Cole, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. In 1979 he completed a degree in Performance from Ball State University and from 1971-1979 he also was a staff member at the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts. Since 1999 he has appeared with the Mariachi Cobre and Doc Severinsen with the Minnesota, San Jose, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Oklahoma, Tucson, and Las Vegas Symphony Orchestras.
Concerts and Events
www.pershoreabbey.org.uk, 29 Dec 2010 [cached]
Assistant conductor Rick Mizell (trombone) is Music Director for Walt Disney Entertainment.
The Exponent - Purdue's Student Newspaper
www.purdueexponent.org, 7 Nov 2006 [cached]
Rick Mizell, music director for Walt Disney Entertainment, was impressed by Breed's extensive experience working with completely voluntary teams of students in Purdue Musical Organizations.
"He's working with students that are really doing it for the love of the music," he said.He thinks working with volunteers, as opposed to professionals, takes a certain type of patient individual.
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"(Breed) is inspired by people who do it just for the love of the music," said Mizell, and appreciates the enthusiastic motivation that Breed brings with him.
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