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Teaches:  Drums, Bass, and Guitar

Rich Bozek got his first drum set when he was 4 years old. Drumming became his primary childhood hobby, and by the time he reached high school, he knew music would be the driving force in his life. He remained entirely self-taught until expanding his horizons at the State University of New York at Oneonta, where he became one of the most in-demand young drummers in the area. He played with the top college ensembles such as the SUCO Jazz Octet and the funk/jazz/fusion group Universal Funk Dispersal, led by Spyro Gyra keyboardist/composer Jeremy Wall. He has performed with Dennis Wilson (of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and Count Basie and his Orchestra) and Sam Kininger (of Soulive and Lettuce). Rich has also shared the stage with notable artists such as Blues Traveler, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and the Bridge. His band Forman has toured the northeast U.S. extensively throughout their 4-year history, headlining reputable venues such as Nectar’s in Burlington, VT, Sullivan Hall in NYC, and Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY. In May 2008 Forman released their all-original debut album “Balance,” which Rich co-produced.

Unlike many other drummers, Rich’s playing isn’t limited by having only rhythmic knowledge – he’s trained in classical theory and is fluent on the guitar, which enables him to approach drumming with harmonic and melodic sensibility. While doing studio sessions at JRod Productions in New City, NY, his diverse musical mindset has enabled him to craft solid and innovative drum parts for pop, rock, and funk songs presented by different songwriters.

Rich strongly believes in showing respect and humility when interacting with any musician, no matter their skill level. Any musical interaction can be a learning experience, and he will approach every situation with trained ears and an open mind.