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Rick Mitchell has been at Kearney High School since 2000 and is an Instrumental Music Instructor and Music Department Chair for Kearney Public Schools. The district utilizes a team teaching concept for instrumental music so Rick works with students in grades 6-12. He is a trumpet player that performs in both the classical and jazz styles and has performed with groups including the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Dobytown Brass Quintet, Flatwater Jazz Orchestra and the Kearney Symphony Orchestra. He has also been active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Nebraska. Rick holds a B.M.E from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MA in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He lives in Kearney with his wife and two children and has a son studying Saxophone performance at UNL.