Rick's life has always been distinguished by his love of music, beginning with piano at the age of five and drums at twelve,. Rick was born and raised in northern Michigan and spent his younger years playing in school bands, experimenting musically with his friends and sharing his knowledge and passion of music with his own music students. In 2003, Rick moved to Boston to further pursue music in a more dynamic and challenging arena, and soon began to attend Berklee College of Music. While studying music synthesis and music education, Rick quickly found himself immersed within the local rock and punk music scene. Although compelled to finish his academic education at Berklee, Rick began to make connections and form friendships that led him away from formal music training and towards the stimulating and demanding realm of the professional recording and touring music industry.
Throughout his adult years, Rick has been on numerous regional and national tours with a variety of different bands. Most recently, Rick toured the US and Canada on the Vans Warped Tour 2010 with Far From Finished, a Boston-‐based punk rock band. Today, Rick can be found drumming beside Darkbuster's lead singer, Lenny Lashley, in his new musical project, Gang Of One, as well as diligently seeking out other promising and befitting musical opportunities. From his early years in Michigan to the present, Rick has also sought out and found great enjoyment in teaching percussion to students of all ages. He hopes to not only contribute to bringing forward new musicians with appreciable technical abilities, but to also use his personal experiences to show others of the rich and diverse career options available in performance percussion, and in the music industry, at large.