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).
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.
In 2012, Mr. Granlund was awarded the Ball State University Alumni Achievement Citation. He 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 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. 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 focusing on "Forgotten Works for Wind Band". In 2020, Mr. Granlund presented a clinic at the IMEA professional development conference titled "The Road Less Traveled" discussing finding a focus for a band program. 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 2019-2021, and served as President of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) for the 2010-2011 and 2019-2020 school years. Professional memberships include IBA, Phi Beta Mu, IJEA, IMEA, TMEA, 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 Zionsville West Middle School. They have three children: a daughter, Elise; a son, Connor; and a daughter, Laurel.