Brass Instructor, The Cadets
Ray Henricksen is an active euphonium soloist, clinician, and educator residing in the New York metropolitan area. He is currently a band director for the Roxbury Public School District, in New Jersey. As a performer, Ray has been a guest soloist with multiple groups throughout the East Coast. He currently holds the solo euphonium chair in The Princeton Brass Band, Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, and The Millennial Brass (NY). He is also a member of the Eastern Wind Symphony and his professional euphonium quartet, Euphemism. He has also performed with groups such as the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble, Imperial Brass Band, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and Metropolitan Winds. In 2016, he was one of the auditionees final four for the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C.
Ray holds a master’s degree in Euphonium Performance from The University of North Texas, studying with world-renowned soloist Dr. Brian Bowman. He also received a minor in Wind Band Conducting at the tutelage of Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher. Prior to his time in Texas, Ray received his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, where he was a student of Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen and Aaron VanderWeele. In 2013, he was presented with the Mason Gross Award for Excellence in Brass Performance. As a member of The Cadets, Ray marched baritone in the 2011 production of Between Angels and Demons. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Ray was one of a select few to perform for President Obama and the United Nations General Assembly at the New York Public Library. Ray is excited to be a new addition to the talented brass educators of The Cadets, and looking forward to a great 2019 season!
“Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.” - Martha Graham