Listed in NPR's 100 Composers Under 40 who are "shaping our contemporary musical scene," Rusty Banks is a composer/guitarist born in Jasper, Alabama and living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His compositions have been performed in China, Taiwan, France, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. Besides writing concert music for ballet, orchestra, wind ensemble, and other acoustic ensembles, Rusty designs pieces that use traditional performers, boomboxes, and video within dynamic audio/video installations.
As a guitarist, Rusty is an often called upon interpreter of new works for the concert guitar. In addition to modern works, Rusty has performed much of the traditional solo repertoire as well as concerti with Lincoln Symphony, the Third Chair Chamber Players, Doane Orchestra, and others. As an educator, Rusty has taught composition, theory, guitar, and music business courses privately and for universities. His educational endeavors are driven by a desire to involve learners in projects that transcend the semester and campus walls and impact the community beyond.
M.M., Composition, Florida State University, 2003
B.M., Theory/Composition and Guitar Performance, University of Montevallo, 1996
Lecture/Concert: Current Trends in Electro-Acoustic Music (co-lecturer and guitarist/composer with Jessica Lindsey of the New Music Agency for College Music Society's 2011 Great Plains Regional Conference)
Lecture: Form and Analysis as a Model for Student Career Paths (co-lecture with Mark Sheridan-Rabideau, Wyoming University; Richard Miller, Rutgers University; given at University of Colorado-Boulder and University of Wyoming in September 2008)
Lecture: Hydrology: A Hatch of Frauds (discussion of composition), Kennesaw State University, Birmingham-Southern College, Millersville University, March 2009
MUS 270 Guitar