About the School
Richard Craig


Phone: (813) 974-2311
Email: richardcraig@usf.edu

Ric, originally from Tampa Florida via Cleveland Ohio is known for his supportive, yet uplifting, role that is expressed in his playing. He has toured and played with the following artists: Diane Schuur (2013),New York Tenors (2013), Michael Crawford (1998 U.S. tour), Barry Manilow (1999), Alvorro Torres (Latin American international tour), Selena (Buenos Amigos video),Grammy nominated David Arkenstone to name a few. Ric feels that his style of drumming is quite eclectic. He has had many influences throughout his drumming career. One of them is Peter Erskine who Ric studied with in New York City between semesters in college. Ric was also the recipient of the prestigious Shelley Mann Scholarship awarded through Modern Drummer magazine in 1981.

After receiving his bachelors in Percussion from University of South Florida ,Ric moved on to University of Miami for his Masters in Studio Music and jazz. Both degrees were put to good use as an Adjunct Professor at University of Redlands for 4 years. He has performed in almost every drumming situation imaginable: from playing with such jazz artists as Grammy Nominated Jazz vocal group, "Rare Silk" and Doc Severinson. After leaving Miami,  Ric landed the tour  with the prestigious Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus. For the past 8 years, he had been performing throughout the Los Angeles area with a Steely Dan Revue Band ("Pretzel Logic") and other various Los Angeles based artists. He now resides in the Tampa Bay area.


                               Barry Manilow

                               Michael Crawford (US Tour 98)

                               David Arkenstone (2 time Grammy nominated artist)

                               Diane Schuur (2013)

                               New York Tenors (2013)

                               Alvorro Torres ( Latin American International Tours)

                               Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus (US Tour)

                               "Rhythm Method" – ( Montreaux Jazz Festival)

                               Rare Silk ( Black and Blue Tour)- Grammy Nominated

                                Maureen McGovern

                               Andy Williams

                               Marylyn McCoo

                               Doc Sevrensen

                               Diana Shore

                               Susan Anton

                               Keely Smith

                               Pretzel Logic (Steely Dan Revue Band-Los Angeles)

                               Roger Williams ( Shows and PBS Special)