Captain Richard Viglucci serves as an Associate Conductor with The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC. A native of Albany, NY, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University, a Master of Music in Conducting from Northern Arizona University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. CPT Viglucci’s DMA document, A Comparative Study on Nineteenth-Century Works for Clarinet Based on Motives from the Operas by Gaetano Donizetti, studied the historical background of nineteenth-century operatic fantasy for clarinet, its importance and niche in the culture of nineteenth-century Italy, and its uses by clarinet virtuosi from that period.
Academic awards include the Crane Certificate of Merit, the Rocque E. Dominick Memorial Award, the Crane Certificate of Honor in Music Performance, the Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellowship, and the F. Pace Woods Graduate Music Scholarship. Performance awards include the 2003 Julia Crane Concerto Competition for his performance of Aaron Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp, the 2012 UNL Concerto Competition for his performance of Luigi Bassi’s Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and the 2012 Chiara Quartet Chamber Competition for his performance of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet, op. 115.
Prior to joining the Army, CPT Viglucci was an active clarinet performer and teacher. Former contracted orchestral positions include the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Minot Symphony Orchestra, as well as regular substitute engagements with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. Previous teaching positions include Director of Bands and Woodwinds at Minot State University, Instructor at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, Director of Bands at Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff, Arizona, and summer teaching at Camp Encore-Coda, Maine.
CPT Viglucci’s previous military assignments include Clarinetist with the United States Army Ground Forces Band at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (2014-15), Executive Officer and Associate Conductor of the TRADOC Band at Fort Eustis, Virginia (2015-18), and the Executive Officer and Associate Conductor of the 1st Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, Texas (2018-20). His military training includes Army Musician Advanced Individual Training, JEB Little Creek, VA; Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA; Basic Officer Leadership Course, JEB Little Creek, VA; and Captain’s Career Course, JEB Little Creek, VA.
CPT Viglucci’s military awards include the Army Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; the Army Achievement medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the Army Service ribbon.