RichCruzChicago
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Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello, Accordion, Ukulele, DJ, Electronic Music.

ABOUT

While my first instrument was the spinet organ in the 1980's, I really fell in love with music when I started playing the drums in 1990. I enjoy playing in lots of different styles from straight up rock to folk music and most things in between. I've played in pit orchestras for community theater productions, and I've had the pleasure to play with many different groups including bar bands, jazz ensembles, and Irish bands.

In addition to playing drum set, I also play bongos and congas, djembe, pandiero, bodhran, and a whole host of other hand-percussion instruments. I am a drum circle facilitator trained by Paulo Mattioli.

Additionally, I blow blues harp (harmonica), play (mainly acoustic) guitar, accompany on bass, tickle the ivories, play the Native American flute, and even play the didgeridoo! I do a little singing as well (mostly to put my kids to sleep or to do around the campfire at Scout events.

My wife and kids are musicians too! In fact, my wife is a certified music teacher K-12 and teaches full-time in the suburbs.

Screen name:
RichCruzChicago
Member since:
Mar 15 2015
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Drums:
Ringo Starr
Buddy Rich
John Bonham
Steve Gadd
Alex Van Halen
and LOTS of others!

Guitar:
Tom Petty
The Beatles
John Denver
Paul Simon
Stevie Ray Vaughan
George Thoroughgood
Jim Croce
and many more!

EQUIPMENT

Yamaha drum set with Sabian cymbals
LP congas
LP Matador bongos
Roland SPD20
LOTS of djembes and other percussion equipment
Several acoustic guitars
Two electric guitars
One bass
Yamaha electric piano
LOTS of harmonicas
Native American flutes
One didgeridoo