Professor and Director of Bands
Dr. Ricky Brooks is Director of Bands at the University of Central Arkansas, Director of the Dixie/UCA Summer Band Camps, and the Conway Community Band. Dr. Brooks holds the BME and MME from Delta State University, and the Ph.D. in Music Education from Louisiana State University. Prior to UCA, Dr. Brooks taught at Murray State University (Kentucky), and in the public schools of Mississippi and Arkansas.
As Director of Bands at UCA, Dr. Brooks administers the entire UCA Band Program, conducts the Wind Ensemble, assists with the marching band, and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in conducting and wind literature. Founded in 1914, The UCA Band celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014. As part of the Centennial Celebration, the Wind Ensemble performed a gala concert, April 2014, in the Meyerson Symphony Hall, Dallas, Texas, home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The UCA Wind Ensemble has also performed at the International Wind Band Festival in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, Carnegie Hall, New York City, the Capitol, Washington D.C, the American School Band Directors Association Convention, the Arkansas Music Educators Convention, and the Arkansas All-State Convention.
Dr. Brooks is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He is a past Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year, past-president of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, and past president of the Arkansas chapter of the College Band Directors National Association. He is active as adjudicator and clinician throughout the South-Central United States and has had articles on music education and conducting published in professional music journals. Dr. Brooks is also Music Director at Friendship Baptist Church in Conway. His wife, Sheila, is band director at Bob Courtway Middle School in the Conway Public Schools system.