Originally from Marietta, Georgia, DMI Director Richard Tremmel earned the Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida, the Master of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, the Master of Music Education degree from UNC Greensboro, and Bachelor of Music with Business Emphasis degree from East Carolina University. He also earned a certificate in Composing and Producing Music for Film and Games from Berklee College of Music and is certified by Avid as a Pro Tools Instructor.

In addition to a teaching career that spans twenty-plus years, Tremmel has been involved in the entertainment industry as a retail record store manager, performer on bass guitar and synthesizer, live sound engineer, recording engineer, and composer. His original music has been played on Discovery, History, DIY, NBC Sports, and Tennis channels.

Prior to arriving at Delta State, Richard helped to create the curriculum for Guilford Technical Community College’s Entertainment Technology program in High Point, NC where he was Associate Professor of Entertainment Technology from 2001-2015. He also spent several years in Hollywood, CA as a freelance bassist and keyboardist and has been in bands that have performed throughout the United States, including a three-year stint in a house band at the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Under his leadership, the Entertainment Industry Studies program has been named one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Music Business Schools in the nation in 2022 and 2023.

Tremmel is a member of AES, BMI, MEIEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.