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Rich Carlson is a talented performer teaching private in-home drum lessons in the Denver area.
Performed with:
members of Dokken, Great White, Lita Ford, Cher, and King Kobra
Opened for:
Blue Oyster Cult and Pat Benatar
Rich Carlson
Drums

Rich Carlson is an accomplished, self-taught drummer who began playing when he was 14 years old, giving him over 25 years of drumming experience. His drum technique is influenced by John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, and Ian Pace. At the young age of 15, Rich began playing in bands in the San Francisco Bay area. Rich played in an array of cover bands, playing five nights a week to improve his skills. By the age of 20, he was a proficient drummer playing Bay area club scene. His bands included The Toys, Hari Kari, G Force and Autobahn, and Badd Boyz - a band consisting of great talents such as Paul Shortino ("Rough Cut" and Quiet Riot"), Mitch Perry (Cher and MSG), and Sean McNabb (Great White). Rich currently plays with renowned local Denver hard rock band Horse, playing the major venues in the Denver area.

Some highlights from Rich’s musical career include auditioning for Ozzy Osbourne and earning a second call back, opening up for many big-name acts such as Pat Benatar, Blue Oyster Cult, and Y&T.

Rich currently resides in Denver, Colorado, and aside from playing live, he has played on numerous CDs and does studio work as well.

Rich is a proud endorser for Pearl Drums and has been teaching drum lessons since 1993. His students are very typically able to play a song within two to four months of beginning lessons. Rich’s zealous approach to teaching is unintimidating and the objective is for each student to have a fun while learning and improving their skills. He enjoys the one-on-one interaction with students of all ages and talent levels.

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