Member of the MJT Project

Dr. Richard Perry is currently Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He holds degrees from Tennessee Tech University (BS), the University of Illinois (MM), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), and was formerly on the faculties of the University of Montevallo and Birmingham-Southern College.

Richard's earliest jazz experience came through composing, arranging, and soloing with the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, performing with them at such venues as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Blues Harbor in Atlanta, and Preservation Hall in New Orleans. While at Tech, he was also a finalist in the 1986 International Jazz Improvisation Competition held at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Austin, Texas. Richard was also a member of the Madison Jazz Orchestra, a big band, and Trio Gristle, an avant-garde group. He has accompanied such musicians as Louie Bellson, Dominic Spera, Arturo Sandoval, and Ray Charles, and sat in with the Dukes of Dixieland while on tour in New Orleans. He was one of the contributors to Tubalogy 601, a jazz recording project done by the Tennessee Tech Alumni Tuba Ensemble.