Click to enlargeRich Viano

Richard Viano is originally from Center Harbor, New Hampshire and more recently from Pinellas County Florida. He currently resides with his family in Oviedo, Florida.

Percussionist, Composer, Arranger and Clinician

Education and Experience:

Rich Viano did his undergraduate studies at Morehead State University in Kentucky and Rollins College in Florida. While attending Morehead University and studying under Frank Oddis, MSU was crowned the 1989 Percussive Arts Society’s National College Indoor Drumline Champions, including Best Snare Line, Tenor Line and Pit. Richard was also the 1989 PAS Individual Snare Drum Champion. In that same year he was named the Drum Corps Midwest and Drum Corps International Individual Snare Drum Champion. He marched 5 years with the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. He taught the 1990 Orlando Magic Drum and Bugle Corps and has been the Percussion Coordinator and Arranger for Cypress Creek High School in Central Florida for the past 7 seasons. Richard was a member of Future Corps at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center for 8 years.

As well as being the Manager of the Express Music Publishing Percussion Division, he is the leader of the Village Beatniks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Percussion Designer/Writer for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.

Professional Highlights:

The diverse experience of Richard Viano is exhaustive. He began the new millennium in the role of Assistant Musical Producer and Percussion Arranger/Choreographer for the Superbowl XXXIV Halftime Show. He was also the Percussion Consultant and Arranger/Choreographer for Walt Disney World’s uniquely inventive Tapestry of Nations. The talent Rich has worked with include: Phil Collins, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Eglesias, Sandi Patti, Jodi Benson, Paige O’Hara, Susan Eagan, Michael White, The Coasters, The Xavier Cugat Big Band and Katherine Hickland.

Personal Notes:

Rich Viano is a self-proclaimed football junky. When not personifying a "psychotic" Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, he enjoys wood working and drum building. His goals in life are to become balanced, to be a great husband and father and in general to make a difference. When posed with the question of his greatest life achievement, Richard’s direct answer is "Unequivocally the birth of my son, Nicholas."

No. Really?

Every month Mr. Viano goes to a record store, he walks quickly down the aisles and randomly grabs 3 to 5 CDs without looking to see what they are. He takes the selections home and listens to them for the month. He claims to have had quite a few great musical experiences with this method.

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