Rich Mangicaro (US)
#Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Bisquera Brothers
Paiste Artist Since Jan 1982
18" Signature Full Crash
Set Percussive Sounds 15 pc. Finger Cymbal Row
7" Percussive Sounds Rotosound No. 3
16" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Crash Mark I
10" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Splash Mark I
12/14/14" Noise Works Tripple Raw Smash
14" 2002 Flanger Splash
17" Alpha Sensitive China
Rich Mangicaro hails from Syracuse, New York and began his music career like many drummers in the 1960s. After seeing The Beatles’ infamous Ed Sullivan appearance, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. In his teens he played in various local bands and studied music in high school. Mangicaro then went on to study music at Onondaga Community College and then at Syracuse University, where he worked with acclaimed percussionist Ernest Muzquiz. During his four years of study, he changed curriculums from Music Education to Music Business and then gave it up before completing his degree, to pursue a touring opportunity. For the next five years, Rich toured the Northeast and Midwest with various dance bands, including a brief summer stint as the drummer for the acclaimed 50s band, The Drifters.
Mangicaro’s travels eventually landed him in Southern California for a few years, where he played with various local bands. While in California, Rich decided it was time to complete the music degree that he left hanging in the late 70s and had an offer to complete his studies at the Crane School of Music, in Potsdam, New York. At that time, former Percussion Chair for Crane /music publishing icon Sandy Feldstein was running Alfred Publishing Company and Crane’s current percussion Chair Jim Petercsak assigned Sandy to conduct Rich’s audition back into college. After a successful audition, Rich spent the next year at Crane, completing his Bachelor Of Music degree and was also the recipient of the school’s Instrumentalist Of The Year Award...a tie that year with another colleague, now C.E.O. of Innovative Percussion, Inc – George Barrett.
After completing his studies, Mangicaro headed back out to Los Angeles and in 1987, became the Director of Artist Relations/Music Education for the Swiss cymbal manufacturer – Paiste America, Inc. Rich remained in that position for the next 19 years, where he worked with celebrated drummers and percussionists including Jeff Porcaro, Stewart Copeland, Sheila E. and Alex Van Halen and signed major endorsement agreements for many of today’s most talented artists, including Paul McCartney’s drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., to his very first endorsement deal. Rich was part of that company’s sound development team and was instrumental in helping to create Paiste’s Signature, Traditional and Dark Energy lines. He also conducted product seminars both nationally and internationally.
Towards the last few years of his career with Paiste, Rich was busy performing and recording in LA and in 1997, became the percussionist/vocalist for Eagles’ founding member Glenn Frey’s solo band. He worked with Frey for the next 13 years. He also began writing for various music industry trades, which he still does to this day. He left Paiste in 2006, to pursue his busy playing and writing schedule. In 2008, Rich also acted as Content Director for internet record label NovaTunes, where he worked on projects for internationally known artists Jackson Browne, Leon Russell, Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones’ vocalist), Brian Ray (Paul McCartney’s guitarist), Graham Nash as well as many up & coming Indie artists.
Mangicaro has performed with well-known artists including Joe Walsh, Venice, Michael McDonald, David Crosby, Billy Idol, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, The Tubes, America, Christopher Cross, Richard Page and New Orleans legend Aaron Neville. In Los Angeles, Rich is the drummer/percussionist for Son To The Boy - the debut music project of actor James Paige Morrison. Recordings featuring Rich include the newest release from Venice entitled "What Summer Brings", actor Jeff Bridges’ debut album, “Be Here Soon” and Jonathan Clark’s debut CD, to name just a few.
As music journalist, Rich has written featured articles for various music trades including Drumhead, Modern Drummer, Rhythm (UK), Batteur (France) DrumScene (Australia) and Percussive Notes. As an educator, a workshop he created entitled “Backlot To Backstage” is frequently sponsored by the Sherry Lansing Foundation and includes panel discussions with various experts from all areas of entertainment. Currently, Rich Mangicaro heads up his own company, ArtistRelationships.com, where he manages Artist Relations for the Gon Bops Percussion Company and Innovative Percussion, Inc., as well as continually maintaining his busy performing and recording schedule.