Originally from Mitchell South Dakota, Mr. Huyck earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ball State University with a music specialist degree in trumpet and voice. He studied for his masters at the esteemed Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. Before moving to Alaska he was in much demand as a trumpet soloist with high school bands in Indiana.
He has toured internationally with the Voices of Baha during several past summers and helped prepare that group for their Carnegie Hall performance in 2002.
Mr. Huyck has performed locally with the Anchorage Concert Chorus, Mat-Su Chorus, Flat Baroque, The After Six Orchestra and The Mat-Su Concert Band and has been a member of the elite Alaska Chamber Singers for the past 12 years.
He studied trumpet privately with Joe Naumcheff, Max Woodbury and Arnold Jacobs and has played trumpet with many concert bands, The Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and several jazz ensembles.
Mr. Huyck was Supervisor of Music and director of Bands for Northwestern Schools in Kokomo, Ind. And also Director of Bands at Howe Military Academy with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer W-4.
He was director of bands and choirs at Wasilla High School when he first came to Alaska in 1970 and then became Director of Community Education for the Mat-Su School District until his retirement.
Mr. Huyck operates a private music studio where he teaches wind instruments in his home since his retirement from the Mat-Su School District. He has been conductor of the Mat-Su Concert Band since 2008 and is in much demand as a guest conductor. He also plays trumpet with the Brass Quintet, Matanuska Winds.
Mr. Huyck has been inducted into the national honorary music fraternity "Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia."
Mr. Huyck was one of the three co-founders of the International Iditarod Trail Race with Joe Redington and Tom Johnson in 1973 when he was raising and racing sled dogs. Mr. Huyck has enjoyed the beauty of Alaska since moving here in 1970 through his love of photography, biking and camping and enjoying music with his many friends.