Senior Chief Musician Rich Denton, tuba, grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education in 1999, the same year he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Band. As a founding member of the Barefoot Brass Quintet during his college years, Denton was excited to join the Coast Guard Brass Quintet upon his enlistment. In addition to his duties as tuba player, MUCS Denton served as the Band’s office of finance and supply for over ten years and is currently the music librarian. Before joining the Band, he enjoyed a variety of jobs, including the strolling bands of Hersheypark in 1998, the Disney/Grammy All-American College Orchestra at EPCOT in 1997, and stage crew at Interlochen Arts Camp in 1996. His teachers include Martha Taylor, Andy Rodgers, and Dave Unland. In his free time, he can be found on the sidelines of his son's soccer field, working as a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or teaching young low brass students.