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Dr. Richard McLendon

Lowndes High School & Red Ruby Music Creation, LLC
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Dr. Richard C. McLendon writes for and teaches the Georgia Bridgemen Marching Band at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, GA. He has been a music educator for 29 years. Dr. McLendon is the owner of Red Ruby Music Creations, LLC specializing in educational compositions and arrangements for percussion and band since 1971.

He received the Bachelor of Science in Education from Jacksonville State University, the Master of Music in Performance from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, the Educational Specialist in Music Education from Troy University, and the Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota, FL.

Dr. McLendon's performing ensembles have toured most of the United States, parts of Canada, most of western and central Europe, and the countries of Ecuador and Columbia, South America. He was recognized by Governor Zell Miller and the Georgia General Assembly in 1995 for his teaching and musical accomplishments when his marching and symphonic bands in Moultrie, GA became the state's first high school band to perform in the Republic of Ireland. In 1998 his students performed in 8 European countries for 16 concerts. In 1999, his band in Moultrie, GA performed in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. Dr. McLendon's groups have participated in the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade, the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, the 2001 and the 2008 Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC, and the Thanksgiving Day Parades in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

Over the years, Dr. McLendon has judges bands in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He has performed with, instructed, and/or arranged music for various competitive drum and bugle corps in the south and in the Midwest. Also, Dr. McLendon has presented percussion clinics in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and South America. Dr. McLendon studied music composition with Dr. David L. Walters, Robert W. Smith, and Jim Mahaffey. He studied conducting with Dr. John M. Long who is an elected member of the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors.

He has been recognized for several years by Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. His past and present professional affiliations include the American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, the Percussive Arts Society, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Music Educators National Conference.

Dr. McLendon's music compositions have been honored by the Percussive Arts Society and by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). His Educational research has been published by and can also be purchased online at many well-known book retailers.