DICK WHITBECK's versatility as a musical director was developed through vast experience as a music producer, composer, arranger, conductor, and trumpet player working in theater, nightclubs, the concert stage, recording studios and on the "corporate entertainment scene".
He became Musical Director for the world renowned Guthrie Theater at age 24 - the youngest musical director ever for the Guthrie. During his 12 years as musical director, he composed original scores for over 25 productions from "King Lear" to "A Streetcar Named Desire".
Concurrent with his work for the Guthrie, Mr. Whitbeck became Resident Conductor and Music Contractor for the Carlton Celebrity Room where he provided music support for some of the biggest names in show business history: Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis and Loretta Lynn to name just a few.
Dick has also composed, arranged, and produced music for television and radio commercials. His credits include Betty Crocker, Dinty Moore, Old Dutch Potato Chips, Pillsbury, Levi's, Northwest Airlines and many more.
Dick created the "house bands" for Rupert's Nightclubs in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Atlanta and was Rupert's Musical Director for 10 years.
Whitbeck's diverse experience, musical skills and inexhaustible attention to detail has been an asset to party planners and event producers across the globe.
"As if arranging, directing and playing great music was not enough, you also handled speaker introductions and interacted with VIPs and our guest M.C. This added yet another dimension to the value that you and SYNERGY brought to the show. It sure takes the worry out of producing a top-notch show when you are on the team.".... MARK THOMSON