At age six, Conductor Richard Sabino began his musical training. His first instruments were the piano and the trumpet. In 1973, Richard received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Performance from the University of South Florida. In 1978, he received his Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from the University of Illinois. Also, while in Illinois, he performed in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and in the Millikin University Faculty Brass Quintet.
Management positions included associate and then acting manager for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, assistant manager of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and for the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, and finally executive director of the River City Festivals Association, the Baton Rouge Arts Council and the Jackson/Hinds County Arts Council. Management positions included associate and then acting manager for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, assistant manager of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and for the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, and finally executive director of the River City Festivals Association, the Baton Rouge Arts Council and the Jackson/Hinds County Arts Council. Leaving the field of arts management behind, Maestro Sabino returned to Melbourne in 1991 to begin a career in financial management, As a financial adviser, he provided portfolio advice to over 500 households and businesses. Returning to Melbourne, he served as principal trumpet for the Community Band of Brevard and co-principal of the Melbourne Municipal Band. He also served on the boards of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Henegar Center for the Arts.
In junior high, he began the study of conducting. At age 16 while participating in a summer music festival with the London Symphony Orchestra in Daytona Beach he received his first important conducting advice from Andre Previn. Maestro Sabino created Central Florida Winds in 1999 and Central Florida Chamber Winds in 2001. In 2008 he participated in the “Professional Level” of the Michael Palmer International Conducting Workshop with the New Atlanta Philharmonic in the Atlanta. Since 2012 he has appeared as guest conductor of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Dnepropetrovsk) and has twice been guest conductor of the State Academic Concert Orchestra in Kiev. In 2016 he was the guest conductor for the "Black Sea Orchestra", in Constantia, Romania, and in June 2019 appeared as conductor of the New York Classical Music Society Orchestra in Paris, France. Maestro Sabino currently serves as music director and conductor both Central Florida Winds and Chamber Winds, as well as for the Riverside Chamber Orchestra and Chorus (Cocoa Beach, FL), which he organized in 2012. He is also the artistic director for the Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series in Cocoa Beach, Florida.