Drum-set, Orchestral & Latin Percussion, Piano, Steel Pan

Rick Costa is a master teacher and performer.  He holds a Master of Music Degree with dual concentration in Orchestral Percussion & Drum Set from The University of Rhode Island, and  Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts. His musical knowledge includes, drum set, orchestral percussion, Latin percussion & world drumming, Mallets, steel pan, piano and ukulele.

His fascination with music began with percussion and started earlier than he can personally remember.  His mother says he was obsessed with playing pots and pans as a baby, and would cry when she took them away!  His official training, however, began at 7 years old. When Rick was in 8th grade he was selected as percussionist for the Massachusetts Junior district Concert Band & Orchestra which opened his eyes to his true passion for music and performing. By High school he also added piano to his musical studies.  He went on to College to earn his Bachelor then Master degrees  and studied with some of the best in the business along the way, including Jimmy Cobb (drummer with Miles Davis). In addition to his private music studies and college education he sought further training at the New England Conservatory of Music as well as the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C.

Rick is a natural teacher.  He first began teaching while only in high school as section leader for the orchestra and marching band, but also ran the summer camps for younger students musicians.  As an undergraduate in college, he maintained several instructional positions teaching piano and percussion (privates & ensembles) at a local high school and a private studio.  While a graduate student, he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistant position in the Music Department and assisted with instruction, lecturing, grading and research projects. During this time he was also invited to conduct the college’s percussion ensemble.

Included in Ricks 20+ years of private and ensemble teaching, is classroom music instruction for grades K – 12 right here in Sarasota County. He worked hard to develop students’ appreciation for music and performance using a variety of musical experiences including singing and playing instruments.  Notably during his time in the school systems, he successfully opened and executed a piano lab program, teaching students as young as Kindergarten to play piano in a group setting.

In addition to Rick’s impressive instructional experience, he is also a master performer. Rick has been a professional touring musician for over 20 years, and continues today.  He’s performed with international jazz recording artists including Santi Debriano, Carl Berger and Javon Jackson, toured at the Panama Jazz Festival, toured in France with Santi Debriano & Roni Ben-Hur and also toured and taught in Ghana Africa.  Locally, he performs regularly with the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and accompanies world-class musicians at such venues as the Sarasota Opera House, and Asolo Repertory Theatre.