He was a saxophonist, music director and teacher born
in Saginaw, Michigan, who was active in the Edmonton music industry in
Alberta, Canada, and joined the faculty of Grant MacEwan College in 1975.
Through the course of his career he performed as a guest
soloist and member with many groups and artists such as his own trio, the
Edmonton Wind Ensemble, Mike Fijal, the Trocadero Orchestra, University of
Regina Jazz Band and the Tommy Banks Orchestra (with whom he played when
they won an award at the Montreaux International Jazz Festival during the
1980s. He also directed the Grant
MacEwan Dixie Band and the Grant MacEwan College/University of Alberta Big
His recordings included Snake Fence Country by the
Edmonton Wind Ensemble and albums by Robbie Campbell and Kennedy Jensen.
In the field of musical education he was on the music faculty
of the Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton in his honour they have
established the Rick Garn Award.
He passed away in March 2004 after he was taken ill
while watching a recital by one of his students.
Edmonton Wind Ensemble recordings
Snake Fence Country (Howard Cable)
CBC Records SMCD 5165
Conductor – Harry Pinchin