Richard Kearns serves as Percussion Director at Burleson Centennial High School (Burleson, TX), as well as a designer and clinician for Percussion Ensembles across the country. The Burleson Centennial Drumline was the 2017 WGI Scholastic Open Class Champions, and in 2018 placed 6th in Scholastic World.

Prior to his time at Centennial, Richard was the Percussion Director of Azle High School (Azle, TX), where the Azle Drumline and Percussion Section won numerous awards including Lonestar Classic Champions, NTCA Champions, TCGC Champions and multiple successful appearances at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Richards passion within the activity also goes well beyond just teaching percussion. His abilities as a conceptual and visual designer for Marching Band and Indoor Drumline have turned out many crowd-pleasing productions, including the 2016 WGI PIO Gold Medalists, Vigilantes Indoor Percussion, and the 2017 PSO Gold Medalists, Burleson Centennial High School. Richard was also the Percussion Director at Palestine High School from 2008-2011, as well as Battery/Drumline coordinator at Tyler Jr. College.Upon joining the Palestine Band Staff, the PHS Percussion Program received numerous awards in the TCGC & NTCA Indoor Drumline Circuits, Lonestar & Plano Drumline Competitions. In 2011, the Palestine Indoor Drumline was the TCGC Open Class Champion. His instructionalcontributions for TJC helped lead the group to their WGI PIO World Championship in 2008, promotion to WGI World Class, and becoming consecutive Finalists at the WGI World Championships.

Richard currently resides in Burleson, Texas with his wife Stacie and Daughter Sam. He is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, and Paiste Cymbals.