Technical Sergeant Richard LaCroix joined the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, in July 2013. He currently performs as a clarinetist with the Concert Band, Marching band, and is the Noncommissioned officer in charge of the Clarinet Quartet.
Sergeant Richard LaCroix joined the Air Force in March of 1997. He hails from Arlington, Texas and received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance in 1995 from the University of Texas in Austin. As a student, he studied with Richard MacDowell, won scholarship competitions sponsored by both Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota, and earned recognition on the dean's list. Sergeant LaCroix performed and toured with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jerry Junkin, and The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Muffit. From 1987-1989. He participated in summer musical activities at Brevard Music Festival, where he studied with Steven Cohen. He also studied with Shannon Scott at Eastern Music Festival in 1993 and 1994, where he performed with several orchestral and chamber music groups.
Sergeant LaCroix received his first duty assignment to the United States Air Force Band of Liberty, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts in April of 1997. His military awards and decorations include the John L. Levitow and Academic Achievement awards during Airman Leadership School, and the Air Force Organizational Excellence and Commendation medals. As an airman he has received the Hanscom AFB Chiefs Group "Sharpshooter Award," an honor given to an airman whose military appearance is extraordinarily sharp and work ethic is exceptional.
Bachelor of Music, University of Texas at Austin-1999