Rich started playing when he was twelve. In high school he played in marching, concert, and swing band, while also taking private lessons. He gigged in some of the Chicago land area clubs until he got married. He gave it up for a number of years as job responsibilities consumed the majority of hours in his life. In the late 80's Rich returned to drumming as a form of personal enjoyment. After another 5 year hiatus he took it up once again and eventually returned to the gigging seen in 2001. In early 2004 he had the opportunity to connect with musicians that have the same love for various styles of jazz. Rich's idol drummer was Joe Morrelo of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Some of his favorite musicians are Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Stan Getz, Jerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, Diane Krall, Jimmy Smith, John Schofield, The Jazz Crusaders, Jeff Golub, Ray Brown, John Pizzarelli, and Dave Koz.
Rich has a DW 6 piece exotic wood acoustic set with built in microphones, and ideal for outdoor or large hall venues. He can use a Roland electric TD20 set for smaller gigs so that he can control the volume which in turn enables the entire band to play quieter, making it ideal for the small club small party environment. The electric set also allows Rich to add bongo and conga sounds to Latin jazz. He merely turns a dial for the drum sound that is best suited for style of jazz that is being played.
Rich started to provide private instructional classes about 7 years ago and developed a method for teaching that focuses on the real mechanics that enables students to more quickly develop their skills. He can be contacted through this web site to provide detail about the drumming instructional services he provides.