Rick Forzese began his professional music career in junior high school, performing in various groups and in genres ranging from rock to jazz. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Berklee College of Music, where he performed in hundreds of concerts and studio sessions over the course of his undergraduate tenure.
Rick has since played and recorded with many high-profile artists such as: Warren Hill, Brother's Hip, Joe Sample, Pattie Labelle, Billy Sheehan, and Boney James. He has spent many years on the road touring with artists as diverse as Paul Anka, Jai Cie, and Johnny A.
Rick has over 20 years of teaching experience as a private instructor, working with hundreds of students to develop their musical and performing skills. He published his own instruction book, titled "Building a Drumset Vocabulary." Rick's performing and teaching range includes the styles of rock, R&B, funk, jazz, latin, and blues. He enjoys challenging himself, both as a musician and as an instructor, by collaborating with longtime colleagues and students and cultivating new relationships and emerging talents.
Rick is a two-time inductee in the New Hampshire 4,000 footer club. In order to become a member you need to climb every mountain summit in the state of New Hampshire that is higher than 4,000 ft. There are 48 of them. He's climbed most of them more than twice!