Rick Leister

Biography

 

Richard T Leister, a native of Toledo Ohio, moved to the Chicago
area in 1976 to serve with the 81st Army Band at Ft. Sheridan, IL.
From his discharge in 1979, Rick was been one of Chicago's
busy trumpet players, in demand for his ability to fit into many
diverse performance situations.

He has performed with the Toledo Symphony, Elgin Symphony, The
Apollo Chorus, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Chicagoland Pops,
and was the "Trumpet Soloist" with the Chicago Music Consortium
Chamber Orchestra.

As a lead trumpet player, he played with many Chicago Big Bands and has
performed with, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis,
Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Newton,
Ray Charles, Michael Feinstein, and other Las Vegas style acts.

For over 20 years, Rick was an active member of Chicago musical
theater, performing Broadway Shows with the orchestras of the
Arie Crown, the Schubert, the Chicago, the Lyric Opera, the
Cadillac Palace, the Oriental, The Rosemont, Drury Lane,
and the Auditorium theaters.

His show credits include Evita, Le Miserable,
Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon,Sunset Blvd.,

The Scarlet Pimpernal, West Side Story, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, Sugar Babies with Micky Rooney,
the pre Broadway premier of "Victor Victoria" with Julie Andrews, and most recently the Chicago pre
Broadway premier of Mel Brooks' "The Producers", with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

Mr. Leister and pianist Ririko Hayashi formed the "R&R Ensemble", a Trumpet and Piano Duo.
They performed in recital and also collaborated to record a compact disc entitled "From the Trumpet Studio".
The CD is available at The Band Source" Downers Grove, itunes, CD Baby, Amazon and several other online music sites.

Mr. Leister served as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Illinois Wesleyan University from 2001 to 2012.
He is now a member of the private teaching staff at four Chicago Suburban High Schools, a Junior High, and
maintains a limited studio in his home.

Rick's trumpet teachers include: Bernard Sanchez (Toledo University), Charles Geyer (Chicago Symphony),
Vincent Cichowicz (Northwestern University), and Bobby Lewis (Chicago Recording Artist).

Mr. Leister still performs freelance and extra work with professional Chicago area ensembles but has
dedicated this stage of life to help advance the musical education of trumpet students.

 

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