Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Richard Yeager received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University and his Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After serving with the 81st U.S. Army Band, Yeager began his teaching career at North High School in Youngstown. He has also taught at Youngstown State University, Hiram, Grove City, and Westminster Colleges as well as Eastern Kentucky University before coming to MWSU in 1980.
Mr. Yeager's performance experience include the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Allegheny Festival Orchestra (PA), the Warren Chamber Orchestra (OH), the Lexington (KY) Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Joseph Symphony. He has done location and road-work with Ralph Martieri, Ralph Flannagan, Buddy Morrow, Les and Larry Elgart, and Stan Kenton. Mr. Yeager has done back-up work for Jerry Vale, Maureen McGovern, Shari Lewis, Julie Andrews, Jim Nabors, Bobby Rydell, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Wilson Pickett. He has recording experience in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Nashville, Kansas City and St. Joseph. Yeager has appeared as a soloist on clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and flute with various bands, jazz ensembles, and orchestras in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.
In addition to his teaching duties at MWSU, Mr. Yeager, a Yamaha Woodwind Clinician, maintains an active schedule of clinics and adjudication of concert and marching bands, jazz ensembles and woodwind solos and ensembles.