Will Dick is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and educator who lives with his wife Sandra Mueller Dick in Brookline, MA. His performing experience ranges from rock to classical music, with a number of styles in between. He was lead guitarist in The Bead Game, a progressive rock band whose drummer, Jimmy Hodder, became a founding member of Steely Dan. With guitarist/singer Arthur Brisbane, Will performed popular, folk, and original music, touring extensively throughout the eastern U.S. in the duo known as Brisbane and Dick. Will has performed solo at King’s Chapel (Boston), Sanders Theater (Cambridge), and in duet with Josiah Spaulding at the Wang Theater (Boston) in a program with Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary.
Will served as a faculty member of St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), Dedham (MA) Country Day School, Winsor School (Boston), and Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill, MA). But it was at Brookline Music School where Will found his true calling as an educator and where he established his reputation. He served for many years in numerous capacities—as a teacher, guitar department chair, faculty committee chair, and board member. A community school, BMS was a perfect fit for Will, as he loved working with students of all ages, levels, backgrounds, and musical interests. Recently retired from BMS, Will now teaches privately, and continues to be stimulated by the fact that no two students are ever alike! While at BMS, Will performed many times—solo, with faculty, and with students. He was honored to perform his own composition with former BMS Director and recorder virtuoso Lawrence Zukof at the inaugural concert of the school’s permanent home, Kennard House. The concert was hosted by former Associate Boston Pops conductor Harry Ellis Dickson.
Will’s recordings reflect his stylistic versatility. His high school garage rock band LP, The Foul Dogs/No. 1, was subsequently re-issued by an independent label and the original has become a collector’s item. He produced three classical albums for Sail Records, including A Boston Guitar Project, where he is a guitarist and an arranger. This recording was described by Guitar Player magazine as “a most enjoyable album all around.” In addition to his session work on Sail and other labels, he has released two CD’s of original songs, Ghosts in the Cove and The Tide is Turning, where he is a vocalist, guitarist, composer, and arranger.
Will holds an A.B. degree in Fine Arts from Harvard University and a Senior Diploma and Teacher’s Certificate from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, where he studied classical guitar with Hugh Geoghegan. He and his wife Sandy have three children—Will, Alexandra, and Caitlin—who are now very musical adults. When they have gotten together for social and extended family occasions, they have often performed as the Dick Family Band. Playing music with his family has perhaps been the most gratifying experience of all in the rich and varied musical life of Will Dick!