Meet Our Directors


Michael A. Richardson is the Director of Bands for the Benton Community School Corporation. He has served in this capacity since August 2010. He is responsible for direction of all curricular Concert Bands, Pep Band, the BC Jazz Bands, Pit Band for the Musical, and the Bison Marching Band. Prior to accepting the position at Benton Central, Mr. Richardson student taught at Fishers High School in Fishers, IN and Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis, IN. He is a 2006 graduate of Columbus East High School in Columbus, IN. 

Mr. Richardson did his undergraduate work at the University of Indianapolis and received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During his time there, he was a member of several performing groups including serving as Director of the University Pep Band. He also served as an officer for three years in the UIndy Chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Mr. Richardson studied Horn under Mr. Darin Sorley and Instrumental Conducting with Dr. James Spinazzola.


At the 2017 Indiana Music Educators Convention, Mr. Richardson presented a session entitled, "Rural Music Education: Big Results in Small Communities". In 2009, he received the Professional Achievement Award from the National Association for Music Education and Outstanding Future Music Educator from IMEA. He also received the Stephen Michael Kawalek Outstanding Instrumentalist Award from the University of Indianapolis. Mr. Richardson is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Jazz Educators Association, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association.


Mr. Richardson has served as guest conductor for the Lafayette Citizens Band, the 2015 W.H. Harrison High School England Tour Band, the 2009 Lebanon (IN) Community Arts Festival, the Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Summer Band, Perry Meridian Middle School Concert Band, University of Indianapolis Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. In summer 2012 he was Co-Director of the Summer Band Program in the West Lafayette Schools. He is currently an active playing member of the Lafayette Citizens Band and consistently serves as an ISSMA adjudicator.


His wife Jaclyn is the Choral Director at Southport High School in Indianapolis.