Mr. Andrew E Rykowski
 | Hicksville, NY, USA
The Dee Ri Institute of Drums & Percussion, Inc.


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Evans EMad heads are the only ones I use on all my bass drums. There is no substitute.

Education *1977-1980: Started study through Westbury Public School System at Drexel Avenue School and Dryden Street Schools, under Douglas DeSalvo and Dennis DiRienzo. Commenced private study with Richie Sadlo. *1980-1983: Continued Study through Westbury Public School System at Westbury Junior High School under Eugene Neal. Also Studied at the F. Arden Burt School of Music under John Van Gasteren. *1983-1986: Completed study through Westbury Public School System at Westbury High School under Dr. Leon Dodson. 1983 was also the year I started my intensive study with the late Al Miller. In 1986, I declined an invitation to study at SUNY Old Westbury after attending classes there and realizing that for me to truly specialize in drumming and drumming education, my time was best spent continuing my studies with Mr. Miller. *1983-1999: Studied with world- renowned drum and percussion educator Al Miller. Study with him ranged throughout the musical spectrum and concluded with him educating me on the art of teaching. *Other: Attended massive numbers of clinics to enhance my musical perspective. Artists of note include: Carmine Appice, Kenny Arnoff, Frank Bellucci, Greg Bissonette, Terry Bozzio, Danny Carey, Deen Castronova, Dennis Chambers, Jim Chapin, Les DeMerle, Dom Famularo, Joe Franco, Steve Gadd, Harvey Mason, Marco Minnemann, Rod Morgenstein, Carl Palmer Steven Perkins, Johnny Rabb, Michael Shrieve, Chad Smith, Steve Smith, Chad Wackerman, Dave Weckl, Zorro...and countless others. Took additional lessons over the years on various drumming subject with noteworthy teachers including Dom Famularo, Matt Miller and Richie Rodriguez. Accomplishments and Authorships *A+ Ratings on Level 6 NYSSMA pieces during conventional school tenure. *Earned the Boy Scouts of America Rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 12 (average age is 18). Went on to earn a gold palm. *Performed in Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) All County Jazz and Concert Bands 1983-1985 *Winner F. Arden Burt award for musical accomplishment 1984. *Established Drumatic Percussion Products 1990 *Finalist Royal Rock Drum Rumble- Sponsored by The Long Island Drum Center 1992 *Winner Al Miller Award for Musical Achievement 1998 *Author High Performance Paradiddles- Copyright 2000 *Author Frankendrummer- Copyright 2001 *Officially opened "The Dee Ri Institute of Drums and Percussion" September 2004 *Author Son Of Frankendrummer- Copyright 2007 *Author of All Together Now...- Copyright 2009 *Converted the Institute into an S Corporation 2009 *Author Crash Course Release Date Pending Copyright 2010 Teaching Experience *Taught independently in private home sessions with my students : 1989-1997. *Taught through the Long Island Drum School- Plainview, N.Y. : 1997-2004. *Currently teaching at the Dee Ri Institute of Drums and Percussion, Inc. Memberships and Affiliations *Member National Eagle Scout Association *Member Order of the Arrow- Unami Lodge #1 *Member MENC- The National Organization for Music Education *Member New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) *Member Vic Firth Education Team- Private Teacher Member Professional Band and Performance Credits *Club Date Shows with the band The Berserkers : 1988-1989 *Recorded Album with the band Side 3 : 1989-1990 unreleased *Club Date Shows with Glorious Gloria Parker (of Broadway Danny Rose fame) *Motown Review Shows with The Kip Carmen Group : 1991-1992 *Club Date Shows and Weddings with The Al Miller Big Band 1992 *Club Date Shows with the band The Troublemakers 1991-1996 *Recorded Album with the band The Troublemakers 1996 unreleased *Club Dates as an Independant Artist 1996-2005 *Club Dates With Confrontation 2005-Present *Recorded Albums With Cofrontation 2005-Present *Club Date Shows With Liquid Picasso 2006-2007 *House Drummer At First Wave Digital Recording Studio 2008 *Recorded Album With Brett Bauchner- "Lullabye For Two" - 2008 *Club Date Shows With Dragon Boys 2012-Present *Recorded Album With Dragon Boys 2011-2013 Future Goals *To continue to perform and expand my musical palette. *To continue to share my knowledge with enthusiastic students.






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