Born in New York City, versatile woodwind specialist Hal Richards has been performing and recording with many of the Bay Areas finest musicians since 1976. Currently performing with Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Orchestra and Septet, The Berkeley Saxophone Quartet, The Dave Parker Quintet, The California Pops Orchestra and the Golden Gate Park Band, Hal Has appeared with Carol Channing, Terry Gibbs, Eric Marienthal, Bill Perkins, Bob Florence, Omar Clay, Lenny Niehaus, Fred Radke, and at The North Beach Jazz Festival. As a Bay Area freelance musician, Hal also performs with many original Jazz and World music groups. Theater and recording experience includes musical productions, multiple CD projects, television soundtracks including, the Bay Area Revels, San Francisco Children’s Opera, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Magic Theater, S.F. Playhouse, Broadway By The Bay, Marines Memorial Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, Contra Costa Musical Theater, and the Peninsula Civic Light Opera. Classical endeavors have included various chamber groups and Bay Area Orchestras, The Verismo Opera and a stint with The Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his busy playing schedule, Hal, a member of Musicians Union Local 6, has been teaching music in S.F. Public Schools for more than 25 years.