Dr. Hardin Butcher is proud to be teaching brass at RHS. A Tennesseean by birth, Hardin has quickly become a top-call Atlanta trumpet player and a member of the Joe Gransden Big Band, and has played with the Atlanta Pops and Macon Pops Orchestras as well as The Temptations and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Prior to his southern re-transition Dr. Butcher spent 12 years in New York, winning a chair on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 2013 and playing as a sub on the most recent Broadway productions of "West Side Story", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Newsies", and "Follies", to name a few.
Hardin also currently serves as lead trumpet for the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and was lead trumpet and road manager with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for what seems like forever! Equally at home on the podium, Dr. Butcher served as principal conductor for the Brooklyn Repertory Opera Company in 2006 and as a guest conductor with the Orchestra de Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt in 2002. Prior to his time in New York, Hardin could be found playing in the regional orchestras of northeast Ohio, in the Caribbean on a cruise ship, or with his funk band, Costley Court.
Dr. Butcher also served as professor of undergraduate trumpet at SUNY Stony Brook. In a former life, Hardin was also (briefly) an assistant band director & drum instructor at Brookfield High School in northeast Ohio, and trumpet teacher in the Champion (OH) school district.
Hardin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook, a Master of Music in Trumpet and Orchestral Conducting from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music from Youngstown State University.