Director of Bands
Dr. Rickey H. Badua is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, and teaches beginning and instrumental conducting, and oversees all aspects of the instrumental music program.
Prior to his appointment at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Dr. Badua received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Georgia where he studied with Dr. John P. Lynch. As a conducting associate, Dr. Badua taught undergraduate conducting and conducted all six concert ensembles and assisted the UGA Redcoat Marching Band and athletic bands. His dissertation titled “The Maverick: An Analytical Study of Carter Pann’s Symphony for Winds: My Brother’s Brain (2014)” investigates the wind band music of Pulitzer finalist and Grammy-nominated composer Carter Pann through an extensive study of his most prolific work for a large ensemble. Dr. Badua was also the recipient of the Director’s Excellence and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award.
Dr. Badua’s scholarship achievements include wind band research in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he received a presidential grant from the University of Georgia to pursue research on the unpublished manuscripts of 19th century band repertoire of Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini, at the Saint Petersburg Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art. He discovered and created a modern performance edition of “Prise d’Erivan” Pas redoublé for military band and set to be published in the U.S. by Maestro & Fox Publishing. His most current research efforts have been studying the wind band developments in Australia and Asia.
Dr. Badua is active as a presenter and guest conductor throughout the U.S. and abroad including appearances at the College Band Director's National Association Conference, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Georgia Music Educator’s Association, and the National Association for Music Education-Northwest Division Conference; his most notable engagements include being one of the first American conductors to guest conduct the Admiralty Navy Band of St. Petersburg, Russia and being selected as finalist for The American Prize in Wind Conducting Competition in 2015.
Dr. Badua is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii but upon high school graduation, moved to Washington to earn his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA where he also received an honorary fellowship to complete his Master of Arts in Teaching degree and was a conducting student of Dr. Robert Taylor. He holds professional memberships with the California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA), Southern California Schools Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), College Music Society, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), World Association for Symphonic Bands & Ensembles (WASBE) and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).