Derrick Logozzo's ode to joy

Derrick Logozzo, director of instrumental music at Richland, finds joy through music. He was recognized at this year’s convocation with the Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Logozzo has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Capital University Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in music performance from the University of North Texas. He has been working at Richland for nine years and loves his job. 

“My experience has been great,” he said. “It’s been pretty incredible. There are just lots of things that have been so progressive and moving for me personally as well as professionally. The department has grown so much.” 

Logozzo works in several different areas within the music department as well. 

“I oversee the adjunct faculty that teaches music, help co-coordinate some things with the choral director, and help promote and recruit for the music department.”         

Logozzo said he enjoys working with students and seeing them progress. 

“I teach and conduct the wind symphony, the big band jazz ensemble, the steel band, the percussion ensemble. Also the drum set and percussion studio teaching,” he said. “It’s a great thing.” Logozzo feels fortunate that he’s been able to make a career in the field he loves. 

“I’m lucky to be able to make a living doing all those different things. It all contributes to my income.” From his days as an undergraduate, Logozzo has been involved with music-related projects. 

“I started in my undergraduate days, putting bands together, booking bands, and playing gigs regularly,” he said. “In my sophomore year of college, I started giving lessons. I’ve never had a job outside of music.” 

 He commended Richland students for their willingness to learn. “The students are the best people to work with,” he said. The students in Logozzo’s program develop their knowledge of musical styles and their ability to perform music from early jazz to swing and Latin styles. 

In addition to teaching and managing the music department at Richland, Logozzo performs with ensembles outside campus. 

“I play in a regional orchestra that has a one-week-a-month season,” he said. “They have a very nice hall over there in Irving. I also conduct the Lake Symphonic Winds, a small wind symphony. It’s about three concerts a year.” 

Logozzo has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Capital University Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in music performance from the University of North Texas. 

He has also published articles for the Percussive Arts Society and has written a chapter for a new Encyclopedia of Percussion. Logozzo is passionate about what he does and looks forward to continuing his career in music for many years to come.