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Rick Donato



Rick began playing drums at age 9, under the direction of Cambell Whitford. At age 14, he began studying with Bob Mergliano, a man who Rick considers as his mentor. It wasn't until attending the Purchase College Conservatory of Music in 1993, that he discovered his love for Jazz, as well as other forms of music. While at Purchase College, he began his studies of jazz under John Riley. Rick double-majored at Purchase, also studying classical percussion under teachers Ray Desroches and Dominic Donato.

Rick has a bachelor of music degree in classical percussion performance, as well as a degree in jazz drums performance from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Rick has been playing in the NYC theatre scene for many years, including being the drummer for the famous off-broadway show "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris". He has also worked on the hit show Altar Boyz, and Shout! The Mod Musical. Rick has performed with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Ethos Percussion Quartet, and plays classical percussion with various chamber orchestras around NYC. He has also collaborated and worked with some of the most prominent dancers and choreographers in modern dance, including Kevin Wynn, Larry Clark, and Doug Varone. Rick has recorded with the Gary Wofsey Jazz Orchestra, and plays with jazz ensembles all over NY. Rick is currently the drummer for the first international tour of " A Chorus Line ". His past tour credits include north american tours of "Tap Dogs", and "My Way....a Frank Sinatra Tribute".




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