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Director Bio: Richard Hauf

Photo: Rick Hauf, BACB Director

Richard Hauf recently retired as the director of instrumental music at Havre de Grace High School (HHS) after 29 years where he conducted the Symphonic, Concert, and 9th Grade Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Warrior Pride Marching Band and Percussion Ensemble. Richard received his bachelor’s degree from Towson University and his Master’s in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker. 

The HHS bands received superior ratings at county and state adjudication festivals under his direction. The Jazz Ensemble gave over 20 performances every year at various civic and community events.  The Warrior Pride Marching Band has performed in Orlando, New York City, Atlantic City, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Richard conducted the pit orchestra for the musical productions at HHS and he served as music director for productions at Phoenix Festival Theatre.  He has conducted All-County ensembles and served as an adjudicator for music assessment festivals across Maryland. 

In 2013, Richard was named a quarter finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award, one of 222 out of 7,000 nominated.  Richard helps direct the church choir at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Perryville, Md where he also teaches the confirmation class. Richard resides in Havre de Grace with his wife Celeste and their four sons, Patrick, Matthew, Michael, and Ricky.


Assistant Director: Daniel Venable

Daniel Venable graduated from Towson University’s music education program in 2020. While there, he earned several performance awards including the Talent Award and the Friedman-Gordon classical music competition. 

Daniel Venable is a current music educator for Harford County Public Schools, and a member of the Towson Wind Symphony.