Rick began singing with his family at the age of 4 and started writing his own songs at the age of 6.  At the age of 8 he began studying piano, euphonium at the age of 10, and the cello at thee age of 12.  He is the only charter member left from the original Zephyr Brass Ensemble in 1994 and has been writing and arranging for various Zephyr Music groups since 1996.

Rick is a charter member of Zephyr Instrumental and a member of the Zephyr Brass Quintet.