VanPort Jazz

Big Band Jazz

rich carr - trumpet


I am a retired pediatrician and pediatric anesthesiologist, having spent my entire medical career at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  I started playing the cornet at age 6 in The Salvation Army band in California where I grew up playing in small church ensembles and at summer camp until I went off to college.  After a 32 year hiatus, I picked up my horn again in 2002 and started over in Dale Beacock’s New Horizon Band, for seniors and beginners.  I eventually graduated to his New Horizon Jazz Band, which was my first experience playing jazz.  I continue to play in VanPort Jazz as one of the two remaining members of Dale’s original jazz ensemble.  In addition I played a couple years with the “Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band” and 4 years with the “One More Time Around Again Marching Band.”  In 2005 I founded the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony,, and continue to play trumpet in that organization.  Making music helps keep me young at heart and allows me to rub shoulders with wonderful, creative, and energetic people.