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Inspirational Speaker, Professor, Principal Tubist & Best-Selling Author
At an age when many of us were headed off to nursery school, a young Richard Antoine White, aka “Raw Tuba,” was homeless and coping with deprivation and poverty. Richard often went in search of his mother who, while struggling with alcoholism, sometimes disappeared. Richard would go to all the places he had located his mom previously until he once again found her. One fateful night, Richard almost died searching for his mom in the snow and was taken in, fostered and eventually adopted by his grandparents. Read More >
It turned out to be his saving grace. Living with his grandparents was an adjustment. But then, Richard joined a band and discovered a talent and a sense of purpose. With support from a few caring educators and mentors, Richard began to thrive. He gained confidence and learned the valuable lesson that he could reach his full potential. First in his family to attend and graduate from college, Richard gained the limitless power that choice brings.
Today, Richard is the bestselling author of the memoir I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream; and an inspirational speaker who has traveled the world sharing inspirational thoughts and philosophies that have motivated him. But that’s just the start. He is a Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at The University of New Mexico, and a Principal Tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Symphony. He is also certified in Diversity and Inclusion training from Cornell University.
With over two decades of performing on the world’s classical music stages, Richard has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. He began his tuba studies at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and his master’s and doctoral degree from Indiana University. He is the first African-American in the world to receive a doctorate of music in tuba performance.
Richard has performed with the Canadian Brass Quintet, Indiana University Faculty Brass Quintet, New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Sphinx Symphony, Chineke Orchestra and many others. He is also an Adams and Conn-Selmer Artist.
Prior to moving to New Mexico, Richard was one of the top freelance musicians in the Indianapolis area, where he recorded with such greats as movie film composer John Williams, Cincinnati Pops conductor Eric Kunzel, and the late great wind ensemble conductor Frederik Fennell.
Throughout his musical and educational career development, Richard has had a passionate interest in motivational speaking. That dream has recently materialized itself with the launching of the documentary RawTuba. In addition, he’s building the R.A.W. Tuba Ranch, a place of fellowship, family and friends where everyone is welcome. Read Less ^
How the Tuba Got Him Off the Streets of Baltimore | The Daily Show
Journey From Homelessness to ‘Belonging’ On Stage | PBS NewsHour
From Street to Stage | CBS News
The Daily Show Appearance Bonus Clip
R.A.W. Tuba – Official Trailer
I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream
Science of Sound – Experiments at Home
In this incredibly inspirational presentation, Dr. Richard White shares his story—from a Baltimore kid trying to live on the streets most of the time at an incredibly young age to becoming the first African-American in the world to receive a doctorate of music in Tuba. And how resilience and determination led him on the path to success. This talk is most suited and requested by educational institutions, youth organizations, homeless organizations and arts organizations.
Is it possible for DEI to become as common in the workplace and in our culture as NFL football on Monday night? Dr. Richard White, who is certified in Diversity and Inclusion training from Cornell University, believes it can be achieved. In this talk, he’ll share some of the best practices for getting to this goal and how by changing the social consciousness of our society by creating and showing how DEI can be expressed through meaningful dialogues in education, administration and community outreach is a great way to start.
In this motivational and inspiring talk, Dr. Richard White imparts words of wisdom for anyone who is just starting out or trying to find their way. Along with his own story, Dr. White shares how to achieve success and any field of human endeavor through hope, kindness, paying it forward and the power of imagination.
"We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your wonderful keynote presentation. Thank you Dr. White for sharing your inspiring story and providing such an engaging, inspirational presentation. You shared an incredible amount of applied and actionable wisdom in your talk. All of us, all the participants on the call, were busy writing down and comparing notes with each other on favorite quotes or ideas you shared on a variety of important topics from the five languages of teaching to your moving and practical breakdown of complex, nuanced aspects of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. On behalf of our CAN grant partners and participants, thank you again! Best wishes for the continued success of your important work."
"Richard was everything we needed for a great start for our PE and Fine Arts Fest! There was a lot of emotion packed into this 1hr and 30 minutes time slot! His speech was captivating, the documentary eye-opening, and the Question and Answer time was just plain FUN! Then we were entertained with his Tuba playing. I couldn't have asked for anything more! I'm amazed how he was able to do it all with such a short notice. I also want to thank you for organizing all of this at the spur of the moment! Wow! Amarillo loves Dr. Richard White!"
"It was a great evening. The audience loved it and Richard did a fantastic job. I appreciate everything you did to make this event a reality. It was a wonderful evening for our patrons."
"I can not thank you enough for being part of our day! You are an inspiration to more than just our homeless students and families, you touched so many lives today. I love your message about striving for the possibilities in life and having the same expectations for all students. I plan to help families build upon their foundation so they can see what is possible."
"Dr. White's story impacted me to the core. His story really shows that you can do anything you put your mind to. Seeing how he grew up and what he grew into makes me want to work ten times harder. His principles in life also really opened my eyes. Although the documentary was only 3% of his life, it still drove a bunch of points home to me. He also repeated a lot of the things my instructors have been telling me for the last few years. Dr. White's story was very influential and I am going to take the knowledge I gained from him and put towards my future."
"I am a junior in the Instrumental department at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Having the seminar with you was really refreshing. Currently I have been stuck. If you will, picture a boat in the middle of the ocean. There isn't any land, wind or waves. That's how I have felt during this pandemic and it is really annoying. However, today you gave me a gust of wind that pushed me forward. The words you spoke opened my eyes and gave me a lot of motivation. The documentary also pushed me to believe in myself. Lately I have been doubting my worth. I have great dreams, but wasn't sure if I could make them a reality. You have pushed me forward and I thank you."
"Great meeting you and hearing your positive outlook radiate. Truly an inspiring individual!"
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