||Rick Rodriguez is from McAllen, TX and grew up in the Rio Grande Valley nine miles north of Mexico. He became interested in percussion in 1971 at the age of six when his father Henry Rodriguez started him on percussion. Many years later, Rick is in the Blue Devils snare line under Tom Float and Scott Johnson and eventually earns a degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas under Dr. Schietroma. Some of his college colleague’s and blessings include Mike McIntosh, Paul Rennick, Ben Maughmer, Jeff Prosperie, Jim Reilly, Kevin Murray, Dr Brian West, Jason Sutter and Jeff Ausdemore. Mr Rodriguez now has well over 30 years of percussion and band teaching / masterclass experience.
Mr. Rick Rodriguez is currently the percussion director and Associate band director at Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock TX. Rick has been the director of the Cedar Ridge Symphonic Band and is currently assisting all of the Cedar Ridge Concert Bands and the Cedar Ridge Wind Ensemble. He is also the primary director of the Cedar Ridge Jazz Ensemble and the Cedar Ridge percussion program. Since the early 90’s, Mr Rodriguez and his percussion ensembles have been fortunate to have several appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held annually in Chicago IL. During his work at Spring High School, the Spring Percussion Ensemble was scouted by John Paynter in 1994 and was invited to perform with John Paynter and the North Shore Concert Band of Chicago at Northwestern University. Rick’s latest Cedar Ridge Percussion Ensemble had also performed at the Midwest Clinic and TMEA San Antonio alongside with the Cedar Ridge Low Brass Choir.
Mr Rod is also a busy and active percussion arranger and versatile clinician. In his younger days, Rick was the “center snare” of the infamous University of North TX PASIC Drum Line and was attending the University of North TX under Dr. Robert Schietroma. Rick was also a snare drummer for the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps as well as the Concord Blue Devils. He has also been on the working staff of the Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights under Ralph Hardimon, and is currently on percussion staff of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also been on the adjudicating staff of Drum Corps International (DCI), is currently on the Bands of America BOA adjudicating staff, and Wgi percussion judging panel still to date. Mr. Rodriguez is currently endorsed by the Zildjian Cym Co., Innovative Percussion, Evans Drum Head