Faculty & Staff

Rick Parrell

Saxophone | Jazz Workshop

Adjunct Applied Faculty 
  • Saxophone
  • Jazz Workshop (Big Band)
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • B.A., B.M., George Mason University
  • M.M., University of North Texas

Rick Parrell is an active performer and teacher of jazz and classical music. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

He retired in 2015 from The U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) as Principal Saxophonist for over 20 years and served for 34 years.   Rick has been a member of the Washington Saxophone Quartet since 1982, performing recitals across the country to include two tours of China.   In addition to performing with various jazz groups in the area, Rick has also arranged and recorded jingles for NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

He currently is Associate conductor of the City of Fairfax Band and director of the Fairfax Swing Band. Rick has been an Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at George Mason University since 1982.

He and his wife Daria live in Fairfax. Their two children are George Mason University music alumni who both have careers in music. Ricky is a saxophonist with The U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, DC, and Natalie is a Fairfax County elementary band director.

Contact Professor Parrell: rparrell@gmu.edu