Director of Bands
Dr. Ricky Brooks is Director of Bands at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, and Director of the Dixie/UCA Summer Band Camps. Dr. Brooks holds the BME and MME from Delta State University and the Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Conducting and Wind Literature from Louisiana State University.
Prior to UCA, Dr. Brooks taught at Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, and in the public schools of Mississippi and Arkansas. He and his wife, Sheila, were high school/junior high band directors in the Heber Springs and Arkadelphia Public Schools in Arkansas. During their tenure at Heber Springs and Arkadelphia, the junior and senior high school bands consistently received superior ratings at contests and festivals in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, and Mississippi. As Director of Bands at UCA, Dr. Brooks administers the entire UCA Band Program, conducts the wind ensemble, fall symphonic band, spring concert band, assists with the marching band, and teaches classes in graduate wind literature, graduate and undergraduate conducting. The UCA Wind Ensemble has performed in Carnegie Hall, New York City, the Capitol, Washington D.C, the American School Band Directors Association Convention, the Arkansas Music Educators Convention, and the ASBOA All-State Convention. Dr. Brooks is the Director of the Conway Community Band and the director for the Arkansas Ambassadors of Music. The AAM is a state-wide high school band and choir who travel on a performance tour of 6 European countries every two years.
Dr. Brooks is active as adjudicator and clinician throughout the South-Central United States and New Mexico, and has had articles on music education and conducting published in BandWorld Magazine, the International Band Magazine , and MENC's Update and Contributions to Music Education . Dr. Brooks was also a resource consultant for the book Techniques of Marching Band Show Designing, by Dan Ryder. He is past -president of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, past-president for the Arkansas chapter of the College Band Directors National Association, sponsor for the UCA chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, and a member of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Beta Mu Band Directors Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Pi Beta Lambda Honorary Music Society. Dr. Brooks is also Music Director at Friendship Baptist Church in Conway. Ricky and Sheila have three children, Aaron, Scott, and Mallory.