Richard C. Crain


Past President, The Midwest Clinic

Richard C. Crain has just completed a tenure as President of the Board of Directors of The Midwest Clinic. He previously served 21 years as Director of Music for the Spring Independent School District near Houston, TX. He also previously served as Head Band Director at Westfield HS, Spring HS, and Belton HS. His bands performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 1980 and in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1974 and won honors in concert and marching contests in TX, LA, VA, and CO. Crain retired in 2000 from public school music education after 44 years of service.

He and his wife Gayle were the Festival Coordinator for the National Concert Band Festival from its debut in 1991 through 2008, and he and his wife Gayle were inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005. Crain is Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association; and he served as Region Chairman and as Band Chairman for two regions for the Texas Music Educators Association.

In December of 2007, Crain received the Medal of Honor from The Midwest Clinic in Chicago for his contributions to music education throughout the U.S. and Canada; and in 2009, the Outstanding Contribution to Bands Award was presented to Crain at the annual meeting of Phi Beta Mu International at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Richard lives in The Woodlands, TX, and his three sons, successful businessmen in nearby Houston, are Scott, with wife Jennifer and children Lauren, Emily, and Joshua; Chris, with wife Melissa and children Jacob, Caroline and Emma Kate; and Steven.