Richard C. Crain served 21 years as Director of Music for the Spring Independent School District in a suburb of Houston, Texas. He currently serves as a frequent clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, consultant, and evaluator of music programs throughout the United States and Canada.
Crain previously served as Band Director of award-winning band programs at Westfield High School, Spring High School, and Belton High School. He "retired" after 44 years in music education in Texas. Crain serves as Vice President on the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Board of Directors and is Executive Secretary for Region IX UIL Music contests in Texas. He has been the Festival Coordinator for the National Concert Band Festival since its debut in 1992 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005.
Crain is Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He is International Executive Secretary of Phi Beta Mu and is included in the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He is also a contributing author for Band Expressions, published by Warner Brothers. The Richard C. Crain Fine Arts Building at Spring High School was named in his honor in 2000.
His awards include Texas Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association and Outstanding Music Educator award from NFIAA on both the state and national levels. He previously served as Orchestra Director and Choir Director for several Texas churches and directed the Houston Police Department Band for one year.