The Man with the Stick

R. Duane Hendricks is a composer, conductor, trombonist, pianist, artist and teacher. He studied at MacPhail College of Music, the University of Minnesota, Brandon University and the University of Calgary. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree in Music Composition. He studied piano with Millie Rood and Orville Sveen, trombone with Daryl Gibson, conducting with Frank Bencriscutto, and composition with Gregory Levin and William Jordan.


Hendricks conducts the Rocky Mountain Concert Band in Calgary and he enjoys guest conducting other ensembles. As a trombonist he has played in pit orchestras, recordings, concert bands, brass ensembles, circus bands and dance bands. He worked as a music copyist for a symphony orchestra and an opera company. He has worked also as a rehearsal pianist and orchestra-to-piano arranger. As a collaborative pianist he has played with instrumental and vocal soloists, and for opera rehearsals and choirs. As a teacher he has taught music in junior & senior high school, college and university. 


Hendricks is also an artist, working mostly in dry pastel and acrylic paints. His preferred subject is the Canadian landscape, a subject which influences many of his musical compositions.


Hendricks continues to teach trombone, piano, classical guitar and composition in his studio, working with students of all ages. Following his school teaching career, he has concentrated on composing music, mainly for high school, university and community concert bands and wind ensembles, for small ensembles, children’s choirs, and for piano and classical guitar. He has been honoured as an Associate Composer in the Canadian Music Centre, and is also a member in the Canadian League of Composers.