Randall Standridge - Composer: COLUMBIA
The Columbia Community Band commissioned Randall D. Standridge (b. 1976) to compose a concert band piece in honor of CCB's 40th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of the founding of both the State of Missouri and the City of Columbia. On September 12, 2021, the Columbia Community Band presented the premiere performance of COLUMBIA to open CCB's 40th Anniversary Concert in Columbia's historic Missouri Theatre.
Mr. Standridge received his Bachelor's of Music Education from Arkansas State University. During this time, he studied composition with Dr. Tom O'Connor, before returning to Arkansas State University to earn his Master's in Music Composition, studying with Dr. Tom O'Connor and Dr. Tim Crist. In 2001, he began his tenure as Director of Bands at Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Arkansas. He left this post in 2013 to pursue a career as a full-time composer and marching arts designer.
Mr. Standridge is published by Grand Mesa Music, Alfred Music, FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Music, Band Works Publications, Twin Towers Music, and Northeastern Music Publications. Mr. Standrige's music is performed internationally. He has had numerous works selected to the J.W. Pepper's editor's choice. His compositions "Snake Charmer", "Gently Blows the Summer Wind", and "Angelic Celebrations" have been included in the "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" series. He has had numerous works performed at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. His work "Art(isms)" was premiered by the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble at the 2010 CBDNA conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and his work "Stonewall: 1969" was premiered at the National LGBA conference in 2019. Mr. Standridge is also a contributing composer for Alfred Music's Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development series.
In addition to his career as a composer, Mr. Standridge is the owner and editor for Randall Standridge Music, LLC and Grand Mesa Marching. He is in demand as a drill designer, music arranger, and colorguard designer for the marching arts, as well as a freelance artist/photographer and writer. He lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas with his family.
John E. Cheetham