Rick Kessel

Rick Kessel was the Publisher at MMR, working closely with Sid Davis, when he had a few ideas to expand their content to reach more specific readers. As a result the magazines School Band & Orchestra (SBO) and JazzEd were created. These publications played a vital role in addressing the needs of music educators at different levels, such as junior and high school band directors, and by giving them a voice. These successful offshoots were just one element at MMR, for which he served as Publisher for several decades. Rick’s love of music goes back to hearing his grandfather play the banjo and his mother provide piano lessons. Having played clarinet in marching band provided Rick with the understanding and drive to ensure those educators were provided the resources they need once he became a publisher. 

Interview Date:
October 22, 2021
Job Title:
Former Publisher

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