Rich Mangicaro hails from Syracuse, New York and began his music career like many drummers in the 1960s. After seeing The Beatles’ infamous Ed Sullivan appearance, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. In his teens he played in various local bands and studied music in high school. Mangicaro then went on to study music at Onondaga Community College and then at Syracuse University, where he worked with acclaimed percussionist Ernest Muzquiz. During his four years of study, he changed curriculums from Music Education to Music Business and then gave it up before completing his degree, to pursue a touring opportunity. For the next five years, Rich toured the Northeast and Midwest with various dance bands, including a brief summer stint as the drummer for the acclaimed 50s band, The Drifters.
Mangicaro’s travels eventually landed him in Southern California for a few years, where he played with various local bands. While in California, Rich decided it was time to complete the music degree that he left hanging in the late 70s and had an offer to complete his studies at the Crane School of Music, in Potsdam, New York. At that time, former Percussion Chair for Crane /music publishing icon Sandy Feldstein was running Alfred Publishing Company and Crane’s current percussion Chair Jim Petercsak assigned Sandy to conduct Rich’s audition back into college. After a successful audition, Rich spent the next year at Crane, completing his Bachelor Of Music degree and was also the recipient of the school’s Instrumentalist Of The Year Award...a tie that year with another colleague, now C.E.O. of Innovative Percussion, Inc – George Barrett.
After completing his studies, Mangicaro headed back out to Los Angeles and in 1987, became the Director of Artist Relations/Music Education for the Swiss cymbal manufacturer – Paiste America, Inc. Rich remained in that position for the next 19 years, where he worked with celebrated drummers and percussionists including Jeff Porcaro, Stewart Copeland, Sheila E. and Alex Van Halen and signed major endorsement agreements for many of today’s most talented artists, including Paul McCartney’s drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., to his very first endorsement deal. Rich was part of that company’s sound development team and was instrumental in helping to create Paiste’s Signature, Traditional and Dark Energy lines. He also conducted product seminars both nationally and internationally. He left Paiste in 2006, to pursue his busy playing and writing schedule.
Towards the last few years of his career with Paiste, Rich became the percussionist/vocalist for Eagles’ founding member Glenn Frey, for his solo band. He worked with Frey for the next 15 years, up till his untimely passing. Rich Mangicaro has also performed with Joe Walsh, Venice, Michael McDonald, David Crosby, Billy Idol, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, The Tubes, America, Christopher Cross, Richard Page and New Orleans legend Aaron Neville. Recordings featuring Rich include the newest release from Venice entitled “Into The Morning Blue“, actor Jeff Bridges’ debut album, “Be Here Soon” and James Paige Morrison's latest release, "Son To The Boy", to name a few. As music journalist, Rich has written feature articles for various music trades, enjoying both national and international recognition. Rich also currently works as Artist Relations Manager for both Gon Bops Inc and Innovative Percussion, Inc.