Dr. Richard Birkemeier is a Professor of Music with teaching duties that include courses in music history with a specialization in the history of the Wind Band and brass chamber music. He is also a professional freelance trumpeter and conductor in Southern California. Before coming to CSULB in 1985, Richard held faculty positions at Ohio Wesleyan University and Lakeland College in the Mid-West.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Richard served as vice-chair of the Music Department and is the director of the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz. Off campus, he is the musical director of the Americus Brass Band, Southern California's most active, professional brass ensemble.
A professional trumpeter, Dr. Birkemeier has performed with the Columbus Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestras and Baroque trumpet with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. As Music Director and conductor of The Americus Brass Band, he has lead several national concert tours, produced three critically acclaimed CDs, conducted at the Hollywood Bowl, and made over a dozen TV and movie appearances including major motion pictures Glory, Gettysburg, Geronimo: An American Legend, and Hidalgo.