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      Richard Cuoco has been teaching music for seven years in the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, where for the past six years he has served as the Band Director at Wilbraham Middle School. Under his direction, the WMS Bands have received numerous honors and awards, top ratings at festivals, and they were invited to perform at the MA Music Educators 2023 All-State Conference.

      Originally from Pepperell, MA, Richard earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently working on a Master of Music degree at the Hartt School of Music. His musical training began with piano at age 4, and then trumpet in the elementary school band. By high school, he was performing on trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and French horn, the latter of which became his primary instrument in college. After college he began studying percussion and he is now a passionate drummer.

      Richard has served as Western District Treasurer of the MA Music Educators Association for the past five years and is currently the Western District Chairperson. He has been a guest conductor for the Bombyx Brass Collective and the Amherst Community Band. In addition to music and teaching, Richard has extensive experience with photography and video production and has worked for several TV studios and video production companies. His photography can be found in galleries, publications, and online at His other interests include music production, psychology, physics, barbering, and Star Wars. He resides in Longmeadow, MA.

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