College of Fine Arts and Design


Lee Rucker

Professor Emeritus, Adjunct Instructor

Lee Rucker has been teaching at UCO since 1981. Mr. Rucker has served since that time as the director of the UCO Jazz Lab, Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles I, II, & III, Music Theatre Pit Orchestras, and many smaller jazz groups. His ensembles have been recognized with numerous awards on the state, regional and national levels for musical excellence. As a performer, Lee has worked with the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Louis Bellson Orchestra as a featured soloist, and he has performed with countless other nationally recognized artists throughout the U.S. and Abroad.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Any moment that a student knows she or he has improved!

What was the first performing arts event that you remember seeing and what do you remember most about it?
Oklahoma City Philharmonic in 1970. My main memory was Kent Kidwell and the original Civilized Tribe.

Who has most influenced you? Why?
Kent Kidwell who has been involved in my musical upbringing from 1969 to present.

What is your favorite place on campus. Why?
The Y Chapel. I married my wife Jenny there on May 12, 1981.

Office: Jazz Lab

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Research and Scholarly/Creative Activities
Edmond Jazz Orchestra
Frontier Brass Band

Honors and Awards
Retiring as an Emeritus Professor at UCO

Jazz Improvisation