Currently Richard is a recording/touring member of Les Strouds Earth Tour group, Stu Steinharts Jazz Trio, which backs all Candas top Jazz musicians, and a freelance recording/performing drummer/percussionist working in many styles. His more than twenty year career has taken him to dozens of countries where he has performed for royalty in West Africa, the governor general of Canada and Australia and at international music festivals such as the Montreal Jazz festival. He has recorded and or performed with most of Canadas top Jazz artists such as Pat Lababera, Mike Manson (George Duke), Harry Hmura (James Cotton/Brian Culbertson), Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) Reggie Young (M.D. @ Apollo theater), Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pykes), Les Stroud aka Survior Man and too many more.
Decades of studies have taken him to the Ontario College of Percussion and Music, West Africa and Cuba to apprentice under Master Drummers and Drum Makers, and to learn from world reknowned drummer and educator Jim Blackley. Many of Richards students are professional musicians or have gone on to study at a post secondary level.
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