Rick began his life in the pageantry arts in 1992, in the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County. After graduating from high school, he joined the Emerald Marquis Winter guard in 1995, where he performed for five seasons. In addition to marching winter color guard, he spent two summers in the color guard at the Concord Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps and one summer with Brass Theatre (Star of Indiana/“Blast”).
Rick is the director and designer of Paramount Winter Guard in Atlanta, GA, the WGI Independent World Class Color Guard he founded in 2011. He has also been the artistic director of the Georgia State University Color Guard since 2012. In addition, Rick has designed and choreographed for many prestigious independent and scholastic color guard programs including the Emerald Marquis, Blessed Sacrament Winter Guard, Juxtaposition Winter Guard, The Academy Winter Guard (UK), Chimeras Winter Guard, The Knights (UCF) Winter Guard, Phantom Regiment Winter Guard, Seminole High School, Miamisburg High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kell High School, Greater Johnstown High School, Lassiter High School, Westfield High School, Harrison High School, South Forsyth High School, and River Ridge High School. Rick has also choreographed and designed for many successful drum corps including the East Coast Jazz, The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, the Crossmen, the Bluecoats, and Phantom Regiment. Rick has most recently designed and choreographed for the Santa Clara Vanguard, where he has spent the last six seasons.
Having assisted in a choreographic role in 2013, this is Rick’s second time working with Carolina Crown. He is excited to be back and explore new creative possibilities with the Crown team. With over 20 years of marching band, drum corps, and winter guard experience, Rick is constantly inspired by the creative process, designing, researching, and working with eager and talented creative teams. Rick is most inspired by student performers and their willingness to participate in the creative process. Through artistic ventures and the sharing of life experiences, Rick is honored to continue to grow, learn, teach, and share the passion of design and performance.
In addition to pageantry, Rick has studied songwriting and vocal performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Rick lives in Decatur, GA, with his wife, Andria Foerch, and their two dogs, Buckley and Simon. He enjoys experiencing art of all kinds, traveling, and spending time with his friends.