Dr. Richard Scruggs is a Tennessee native and received his first saxophone instruction in the public schools of Huntsville, Alabama. For several years a student of the eminent saxophone soloist and pedagogue Sigurd Raschèr. He later earned the Doctor of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance at The Florida State University (1992). He enjoyed an 8-year tenure on the faculty of the Tübinger Musikschule in Germany before returning to America in 2001.
At Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, his duties include teaching saxophone and music theory. As a teacher, Dr. Scruggs has been highly successful in Europe and America, including seven national prizewinners in Germanys prestigious Jugend-Musiziert performance competition. He has served on the faculties of The Florida State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. As a writer, he has authored biographies of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Duke Ellington for the Open Ear 20th Century Resource Project, a school music curriculum project funded by the Florida Department of State. He has performed widely in America, Germany, Sweden, and Poland as soloist and chamber musician on a number of CDs and in well-known concert venues and festivals, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York City), the Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Sophiensaal (Munich), the Internationale-Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), and the Festival der Seltenen Besetzungen (Ludwigsburg).