Senior Chief Musician Rich Denton, tuba, is a native New Englander. He graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1999, the same year he joined the Coast Guard Band playing co-principal tuba. In the summers before donning Coast Guard blue, Denton 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. He also enjoyed spending time at Tanglewood with the Atlantic Brass Quintet, and many years at Laurel Music Camp in Winsted, CT. Denton was a founding member of the Barefoot Brass Quintet during his college years, and is now a member of the Coast Guard Brass Quintet. His teachers include Martha Taylor, Andy Rodgers, and Dave Unland. Denton is proud to teach many middle and high school low brass students in southeastern CT.