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DICK WHITBECK's versatility as a musical director was developed through vast experience as a music producer, composer, arranger, conductor, and trumpet player working in theater, nightclubs, the concert stage, recording studios and on the "corporate entertainment scene".

He became Musical Director for the world renowned Guthrie Theater at age 24 - the youngest musical director ever for the Guthrie. During his 12 years as musical director, he composed original scores for over 25 productions from "King Lear" to "A Streetcar Named Desire".

Concurrent with his work for the Guthrie, Mr. Whitbeck became Resident Conductor and Music Contractor for the Carlton Celebrity Room where he provided music support for some of the biggest names in show business history: Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis and Loretta Lynn to name just a few.

Dick has also composed, arranged, and produced music for television and radio commercials. His credits include Betty Crocker, Dinty Moore, Old Dutch Potato Chips, Pillsbury, Levi's, Northwest Airlines and many more.

Dick created the "house bands" for Rupert's Nightclubs in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Atlanta and was Rupert's Musical Director for 10 years.

Whitbeck's diverse experience, musical skills and inexhaustible attention to detail has been an asset to party planners and event producers across the globe.



Abba   Dancing Queen
ACDC   You Shook Me All Night Long
Alicia Keys   If I Ain’t Got You
Barry Manilow   Copacabana
Bill Haley   Rock Around The Clock
Black Eyed Peas   Black Eyed Peas
Bob Seger   Old time Rock & Roll
Bobby Darin   Mack The Knife
Bon Jovi   Living On A Prayer
Bruno Mars   Just The Way You Are
Buster Poindexter   Hot, Hot, Hot
Cee Lo Green   Forget You
Cotton Club Orchestra   A Train
Doobie Brothers   China Grove
Duffy   Mercy
Earth Wind & Fire   September/Sing A Song
Fontella Bass   Rescue Me
Four Tops   Can't Help Myself
Frank Sinatra   I Get A Kick Out Of You
Frank Sinatra   I've Got You Under My Skin
New York, New York
The Way You Look Tonight
Glenn Miller   In The Mood
Gloria Estefan   Everlasting Love
Gloria Gaynor   I Will Survive
Guns & Roses   Sweet Child Of Mine
Harry Connik, Jr   It Had To Be You
Jackson Five   I Want You Back
Jennifer Lopez   Let’s Get Loud
Journey   Don’t Stop Believin’
Katy Perry   California Gurls
Kool & The Gang   Celebration
Lady GaGa   Just Dance
Marc Cohn   True Companion
McFadden   Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
Miami Sound Machine   1,2,3
Get On Your Feet
Miami Sound Machine   Rhythm Gonna Get You
Michael Buble   Everything
Save The Last Dance For Me
Natalie Cole   Route 66
Natalie Cole   Unforgettable
Phoebe Snow   At Last
Ray Lamontagne   You Are The Best Thing
Ricky Martin   Livin' La Vida Loca
Righteous Brothers   Unchained Melody
Rihanna   Don't Stop The Music
Sam & Dave   Soul Man
Shania Twain   From This Moment
Sister Sledge   We Are Family
Smokey Robinson   Ooh Baby Baby
Taio Cruz   Dynamite
The Beatles   Twist and Shout
The Contours   Do You Love Me
The O’Jays   Love Train
The Romantics   What I Like About You
The Supremes   You Can't Hurry Love
The Sylvers   Boogie Fever
Van Morrison   Brown Eyed Girl
Vicki Sue Robinson   Turn The Beat Around
Weather Girls   It’s Raining Men
Woody Herman   Woodchopper's Ball