Richard Sherrick was the music instructor at the Parkway Local Schools in Rockford, Ohio from December of 1971,until his retirement in May of 2007. His teaching responsibilities included instrumental music grades five through twelve, and assisting the high school choir and show choir.
Mr. Sherrick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The Ohio State University in 1970, and his Masters in Education from Wright State University. He served in the U.S. Army 1970-1971. He was a lecturer in percussion at Ohio Northern University for almost 30 years, where he continues to be a member of their Summer Music Camp Faculty.
As the instrumental director at Parkway,Mr. Sherrick guided the bands to thirty three consecutive Ohio Music Education Association State level Large Group Adjudicated Events. In 2004 the two concert bands, Women Chorus and Mixed Choir all received Superior ratings at State. In 2007, both bands and the Mens Chorus earned State Superiors. His bands have appeared at the Bowling Green State University, Akron University and Capital University New Music Clinics, and his High School and Middle School bands have performed at past OMEA State conferences.
Mr. Sherrick is a past president of OMEA District III. He has also been the chairman of Mercer County and District III Band and Choir Festivals and Music Conferences.He has been the chairman of the OMEA District III West Jr.High Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events. He was a member of the OMEA Government Relations Committee and Chairman of the OMEA Music Boosters Support Group, and chairman of Junior High Affairs with the OMEA Adjudications Committee. Several times he has served on the OMEA Music Selections Committee.
Presently, Mr. Sherrick works as a music substitute teacher in the local four county area, and is the director of the Van Wert Area Community Band. He is an OMEA adjudicator, and chairman of the OMEA District III Mentorship Program. He is also a member of MENC, NEA, NBA, American School Band Directors Assoc., Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, American Federation of Musicians, Lima Symphony Orchestra, The Lima Marimba Ensemble, and the Rockford Barbershop/Gospel Quartet. He serves as the Rockford United Methodist Church Choir Director and Lay Leader.
He has been a guest soloist with the ONU Concert Band, The Lima Area Concert Band and the Greenville Community Concert Band. He has also served as guest conductor for the Darke County, Logan County, Hardin County, Hancock County, Williams County, District 17 Band Festival and the Old Crown Brass Band of Ft.Wayne Indiana. In December of 2004 Mr. Sherrick served as a clinician at the prestigious Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago. On February 9, 2007 he received the Ohio Music Education Association Music Educator of the Year Award.
Mr. Sherrick has been married to Susan for 41 years. They have a daughter Katie who is married to Sam Brautigam. They have two children Lily 8, and Grant 6. Katie is an elementary music teacher for the Celina City schools and Sam is a math and history teacher for the Anna school system.