Rich Bannard

Drums & Percussion

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Biography

Initially graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, Rich studied drums in Kingston with Chris McCann before moving to Toronto in 1979 to take further instruction in jazz from Jim Blackley, Ted
Moses, and Andrew Cyrille (N.Y.C.).

Over the next ten years, Rich taught drums at the Musicians’ Workshop in Toronto. He performed extensively with Rainer Wiens’ Silk Stockings, the Bill Smith Ensemble, the Fred Stone Orchestra, and Lisle Ellis, appearing at the Toronto and Vancouver jazz festivals. International jazz musicians Rich accompanied during this time included Roscoe Mitchell, Joe McPhee, and Vinny Golia (U.S.A.), John Tchicai (Denmark), and Paul Rutherford (England). Theatre experience also followed with Banuta Rubess’ play “Boom Baby, Boom” featuring Ann Marie McDonald, work in the Contemporary Music Project’s interpretation of Michael Ondaatje’s “Man with Seven Toes”, and a month long tour of Czechoslovakia with Sound Image Theatre. International jazz musicians Rich performed with during this period also included Roscoe Mitchell, Joe McPhee, and Vinny Golia (U.S.A.), John Tchicai (Denmark), and Paul Rutherford (England).

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