Arlington High School (NY), LaGrangeville, NY
Richard F. Guillen, a native of Kearny, New Jersey, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Kean University of New Jersey and his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. Since 1997, Mr. Guillen has been director of bands at Arlington High School in the Arlington Central School District, located in Dutchess County, NY. He previously served as director of bands at Central Regional High School in Bayville, NJ from 1989 to 1997. Mr. Guillen’s current responsibilities in the Arlington Central School District include serving as the district’s Music Coordinator as well as director of the Arlington High School Wind Ensemble, the most advanced of the school’s five concert bands. Mr. Guillen is also the director of Jazz programs at Arlington High School, serving as the director of the award winning Arlington Jazz Machine, the most advanced of the school’s three Jazz Ensembles, and assisting with the school’s two other jazz ensembles. Mr. Guillen’s marching, concert and jazz ensembles have consistently received many awards and accolades. His bands have received several “Gold with Distinction” awards at NYSSMA state music festivals. The Arlington High School Wind Ensemble has performed at the NY State School Music Conference, several wind band festivals in the northeast, and made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2014. The Arlington High School Jazz Machine performs annually at local and regional festivals as well as hosting its popular Jazz Cabaret night. The Jazz Machine has attended the prestigious Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston 20 times. Since 2007, the Jazz Machine has won 1st place 4 times at Berklee and has placed in the top 3 every year in Large Ensemble Class 1 since 2007. The Jazz Machine also participates annually in the Essentially Ellington program. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Guillen was the director of the Arlington Admiral Marching Band. During that time, the Admiral Band consistently ranked as one of the top 5 bands in New York State and in the Northeast. In 2004, the Admiral Marching Band won the NY State Field Band Conference National Class Championship. In 2003 and 2004, the Admirals won the Musical Arts Conference Class 5 Championship and were also crowned MAC Grand Champions. The Admiral Marching Band has been a Bands of American Eastern Regional finalist every time they’ve attended the event. The Admirals attended the 2004 Bands of America Grand National Championships and qualified as a semi-finalist and placed among the top 25 bands in the nation.
Aside from his duties at Arlington High School, Mr. Guillen is also a very active freelance arranger, composer and program consultant for many competitive marching bands and drum corps. He has been invited to work with various musical organizations as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor around the country. His marching band and drum corps arrangements have been a part of many state and regional championship programs. As a brass performer, Mr. Guillen was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and the Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps. As a jazz saxophonist and director, Mr. Guillen has worked with Bob Mintzer, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Andy Fusco, and Bob Yurochko. Mr. Guillen is also active as a freelance adjudicator for marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles, and drum corps throughout the U.S. He has served as the Brass Caption Judging Supervisor for Drum Corps Associates (DCA) since 2009 and is also an adjudicator with MAC, US Bands, ISSMA, KMEA and several other independent programs. He currently resides in the town of LaGrange in the beautiful Hudson Valley Region of Dutchess County, NY with his wife and their four daughters and feels truly blessed.