NCHS Director of Bands and
6-12 Performing Arts Department Chair
(317) 259-5301 ext. 45383
RICK GRANLUND serves as Director of Bands and 6-12 Performing Arts Department Chair at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has held similar positions at Perry Meridian High School (2001-2004), Morris Community High School (Illinois 2000-2001), Delphi Community High School (1994-2000), and Caston Jr./Sr. High School (1992-1994). Currently, in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he and his wife, Candi, serve as the co-directors of the Second Winds, a volunteer community wind ensemble at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
Bands and individual students directed by Mr. Granlund have earned numerous honors, awards, and distinctions at state and local festivals and competitions. Under his direction, the North Central High School Wind Ensemble was ISSMA State Concert Band Champions in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The NCHS Jazz Ensemble has been named the Honor Band at the prestigious Purdue Jazz Festival.
Mr. Granlund was honored as a band director who makes a difference with SBO Magazine's 17th Annual, 2014-2015 "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" Award and in 2014 as the Phi Beta Mu Indiana Bandmaster of the Year. In 2013 he was selected as a Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow. As a part of the $10,000 grant from the Lilly Foundation, Rick traveled to Austria and Hungary to bicycle through the countryside, visiting historical sites related to the lives of Mozart, Mahler, and Franz Liszt. He then returned to study conducting and score preparation with Steve Pratt in preparation for a performance of works by these composers with NCHS students in the fall of 2013. In 2012, he was awarded the Ball State University Alumni Achievement Citation. Mr. Granlund was honored with the Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding High School Music Educator Award in 2011. He has also been a guest clinician for the IMEA non-competitive festivals. In 1998, his Delphi Community Middle School 8th grade band served as a demonstration group for band composer Mr. Mark Williams at the IMEA Convention. Mr. Granlund served as a clinician at the 2003 IMEA state convention. The convention clinic focused on "Forgotten Works for Wind Band" with the Perry Meridian High School Wind Ensemble serving as the convention demonstration group. The North Central High School Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble at the 2006 and 2016 IMEA convention and the 2009 MENC North Central Division Convention.
Mr. Granlund has served as a conductor for the IBA All-Region Bands and the IBA All-District Bands, an adjudicator for the ISSMA organizational festivals, and a clinician and state chair for the IMEA Non-Competitive Festival. Mr. Granlund served as President of the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) from 2007-2009, and served as President of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) for the 2010-2011 school year. Professional memberships include IBA, Phi Beta Mu, IJEA, IMEA, and NAfME.
Rick Granlund earned his undergraduate degree in music education in 1992 from Ball State University, where he was a Pressler scholar. In addition to completing masters coursework at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Indiana University, Purdue University, and Illinois State University, he completed his Master of Arts degree at the University of Indianapolis in 2004. Rick is married to his wife, Candi, who serves as the band director at Sycamore School in Indianapolis. They have three children: a daughter, Elise; a son, Connor; and a daughter, Laurel.
NCHS Assistant Director of Bands
(317) 259-5301 ext. 45792
ANDREW BRINKMAN currently serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at North Central High School. Prior to his appointment at North Central, Mr. Brinkman served as Director of Bands at Fall Creek Valley Middle School in Lawrence Township from 2003-2015. Bands under Mr. Brinkman’s direction have consistently performed with a high level of excellence, achieving numerous awards and recognitions, including consistent Gold Awards at all ISSMA Solo & Ensemble, Jazz, and Organization Contests. FCV bands performed annually at the Bloomington Jazz Festival, Purdue Jazz Festival, and Music in the Parks Festival where they also earned top honors. In addition, Fall Creek Valley students have been recognized for their selection in the Indiana All Region Honor Band and Indiana Junior All State Band. In 2011, the FCV Wind Ensemble was invited to perform for the Indiana Music Educators Association State Convention. Mr. Brinkman was selected for the Lawrence Township Honored Educator Award in 2009, 2010, and 2015. In addition, Mr. Brinkman has served in the past as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor of several festivals and contests across the state. In 2009, Mr. Brinkman was the recipient of the prestigious Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship for his grant proposal “A Mighty Fortress: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World.” This grant enabled Mr. Brinkman to research the history of the Protestant Reformation and travel to several significant places in Europe from this time period. The grant also included the opportunity to compose his first work for band inspired from his experiences.
Mr. Brinkman has also served on the music staff for Lawrence North High School, assisting with the LN Regime Marching Band, and North Central High School, leading sectional rehearsals for the NC Wind Ensemble (2007-2015). In addition to teaching, he has also performed with the Indiana Wind Symphony over multiple seasons. Mr. Brinkman is professionally involved as a member of the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA), the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Mr. Brinkman holds a bachelor degree in music education from Ball State University. A native of Indianapolis, he attended Washington Township schools, graduating from North Central High School. He is also involved with his home church, College Park Church, and has a great interest in theology, church history, and cross cultural missions. He loves spending time with his family, reading, and relaxing outdoors.