Jack Herrick taught for 30 years at the University of Northern Colorado (1972-2002) and maintained a full performance schedule during that time.
Jack was born in St. Paul in 1946. He started on cornet and switched to horn in 1960 on the advice of his band director, George Regis, at the high school in Stillwater MN. He studied with Christopher Leuba in MN, James Miller and Chuck Kavalovski at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), and an intensive 10-day course with Dale Clevenger in 1973. "All of these men had a great impact on my life and career. I am indebted to each of them for helping to shape my musical life," he says.
Jack joined the US Army and was stationed with the Norad Band in Colorado Springs CO between his undergraduate and graduate studies. During his teaching years, he was a regular sub and extra with the Colorado Symphony, principal with the Denver Chamber Orchestra and Colorado Ballet, and played with the Aries Brass Quintet in Denver and Rocky Mountain Brass Quintet at UNC. He also often participated in clinics and workshops in the Colorado area.
During summers, Jack played in numerous festivals, including the Colorado Festival in Boulder, Central City Opera, Idaho Music Festival in Boise, the Sun Valley Festival, Four Corners Opera in Durango CO, and especially the Peter Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville OR, where he was principal from 1977 until he retired in 2004 and where he appeared as soloist under all three music directors.
While at UNC, Jack recorded the David Amram Concerto for horn and wind orchestra with Gene Corporon conducting. He was a member of Denver Brass, participating in recording numerous CDs and videos, and he recorded Anton Reicha Wind Quintets on Crystal Records with the Westwood Wind Quintet. He was also one of a consortium of hornists (assembled by Thomas Bacon) who commissioned the orchestration and wind ensemble version of Mark Schultz’s Dragons in the Sky.
After retirement in 2004, Jack sold al his instruments and his home and moved with his wife into an RV. "I have discovered there is life after the horn, but I do still miss playing and all the great people I got to work with over the years."
Jack was honored with the Punto Award at the 2008 International Horn Workshop in Denver.