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Dick Cully

Richard Cully was born on April 19th, 1949 in Manhattan, New York.  He began his musical career at the age of 16 studying with James Rago,  Julliard graduate in percussion, presently the timpanist with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Percussion at the University of Louisville. While still in high school, he formed a very popular quartet, (The Charades).  He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying with Alan Dawson and continued his studies with former “Tonight Show” drummer Ed Shaughnessy. His early career included performing a variety of musical styles: pop, rock, disco, jazz and country.   In 1982, he formed the DICK CULLY BIG BAND, a high energy, exciting unit performing a wide variety of arrangements for all age groups.  In 1984, he became an artist/endorser for the world famous Slingerland Drum Company and was recognized as a “World Class Drummer” by the Pro-Mark Corporation of Houston, Texas, the world’s largest manufacturer of drumsticks.

He has worked with numerous celebrities including: Toni Tennille, Sandy Duncan, Florence Henderson, Frank Gorshin, Ray Anthony, Buddy Morrow, Skitch Henderson, Patti Page, Nanette Fabray, band leader Les Elgart, noted big band singer Connie Haines, pop star Bobby Rydell, TV personality Dennis James and comedians Foster Brooks and George Kirby.  In 1989, the Dick Cully Big Band was chosen as “One of the best bands in the nation” by Down Beat magazine, the undisputed musical authority, and has been featured numerous times on the Black Entertainment Network’s “Jazz Discovery” television program.

Mr. Cully's legion of fans include numerous great drummers such as; Joe Morello, Louie Bellson, Vic Firth, Anton Fig, Butch Miles, Roy Burns, Dennis Chambers, Ellis Tollin, Stanley Kaye, Dom Famularo, Herb Brochstein, Al Miller,  Joe Ascione, Kenny Loomer, Jim Chapin, Donny Osborne Jr., Ronnie Benedict, Harry Cangany Jr.,  Dave Mancini and Ed Shaughnessy. Percussion manufacturers including; Stingray, Zildjian, Remo Percussion Products, Vic Firth Drumsticks as well as the National Drum Association and the International Buddy Rich Fan Club have applauded his talent. Mr. Cully is a recognized teacher and clinician and the author of  Instructional Drum Videos "THE WORKOUT" and “Secrets of the World’s Greatest Drummer” and "More Secrets of the World's Greatest Drummer", which are in-depth analysis of the late Buddy Rich on VHS and are available for purchase at

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