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Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

About

About

Tommy Rickard is a musician born and raised in Northern California. He is a singer/songwriter, drummer and guitarist, currently rooted in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. He started playing drums young and spent his early days in local punk bands, opening shows for the likes of Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sea Hags, Victim’s Family and Agent Or-ange. A restless search for new challenges, combined with a knack for playing just what songs need, eventually landed Rickard on the road and in the studio with Vain, Linda Perry, Eric Martin, Ronnie Montrose, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and many others, as well as a long list of independent singers, songwriters and producers. All the while he kept at his studies with Bay Area teaching legend, Chuck Brown. While working with Perry, Tommy recorded her Grammy winning song “Beautiful,”which became a #1 single for Christina Aguilera. In 2010 he completed a successful tour of Europe with his bandmates from Vain. As well as playing on the critically acclaimed, 2011 Vain release, Enough Rope. In 2010, and 2012, Tommy also toured the US with former Stone Temple Pilots frontman, Scott Weiland.

Current/Recent Projects

Tommy is the Creator, and Executive Producer of The Hard Road, a Documentary series about artists pursuing their passions, and never giving up their dreams…No matter the the obstacle.

He is currently playing with Orchid. And they are in pre-production stages of a new album, as well as doing a few, one off shows, until the new record is done.

Tommy also played on the latest Vain album, Roll With the Punches, as well as touring with Vain.

He was also the musical director and drummer for the Bass Player Magazine’s, Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, for Lemmy Kilmister, at Bass Player Live. As well as being hired as musical director and drummer to play with Celebrity guests such as Ke$ha, Dee Snider, Mark McGrath, Steve Harwell/Smash Mouth, and Tone Loc, at a variety of corporate and private events.

Credits

Rock Band(2006) Motion capture for the male drummer.
Linda Perry, Drums
Bret Michaels, Drums
Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, Drums
Avonlea Shea, Drums, engineering and production.YouTube
Sean Kingston, Drums
Vain, Drums
Tone Loc, Drums
Naughty By Nature, Drums
Eric Martin, Drums
Lindsay Bruce, Drums
Todd Herfindal, Drums, and co writes
Rich McCulley, Drums, and co writes
Scott Warren, Drums
Anna Maria Rosales, Drums
Muriielle Adair(drums and production): itunes, YouTube

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Thank you @petegolightly for the awesome pic from @stonedfromtheunderground this past weekend. Great meeting and hanging. Cheers! @soultonecymbals @aquariandrumheads @vicfirth #soultonecymbalsTravel day is finally here. Can’t wait to get to Erfurt, Germany, to play the @stonedfromtheunderground festival.
Good times at @stonedfromtheunderground thanks @matjas_muchos for the awesome pic. @soultonecymbals @aquariandrumheads @vicfirthApparently having a moment, this past Saturday at @theeparkside
Pre game at @stonedfromtheunderground what a f ing great night. Thank you to all that came out, and stuck around to say hello. Cheers!Great time at @theeparkside on Saturday. Thanks to all that came out, and helped make it sweaty great night. @hellfiremetal and @hauntthenation you guys were great. Thanks joining the fun. Let’s do it again soon.

Lessons

Tommy Rickard approaches teaching in a fun, creative, and inspiring yet disciplined way. Creating a lesson plan that engages students with their favorite songs, introducing Motown grooves and instilling a solid foundation including snare solos written for drum corps. Each lesson plan is uniquely crafted for the student’s individual personality, talent and desires. Studying extensively with the legendary Chuck Brown, and Mike Johnston, Tommy has leveraged years of experience and learnings in his approach to teaching. Rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area and am often in Los Angeles for studio work, performances and instructions. Virtual lessons via Skype or YouTube are offered as well as one-on-one or group lessons. To schedule, or for more information contact me via the Contact page.

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