Rich Mangicaro currently resides in Los Angeles, working as the touring percussionist/vocalist for Glenn Frey of the Eagles, as well as performing & recording with his Jazz group - Bisquera Brothers.
Previously holding the position of Artist Relations Director/Music Education Director for the Paiste Cymbal Company for 19 years, Rich Mangicaro brought such drum stars to the Paiste endorsement roster as Tool's Danny Carey, session master Curt Bisquera, Paul McCartney's Abe Laboriel Jr. and Josh Freese. Rich was also instrumental in the design, development and launching of Paiste's most innovative and top selling cymbal lines, use by millions of musicians today.
Originally from Syracuse, New York, Rich Mangicaro formed his first professional working band at age 16, a 50s rock band that coincided with the airing of the hit TV show "Happy Days", which resulted in recordings and tours all over the Northeastern States. By age 18, Rich was playing various shows with international recording artists The Drifters.
At this same time, he began his college music studies, which resulted in a Bachelor of Music in percussion from the Crane School of Music at S.U.N.Y.-Potsdam, New York. Upon completion of his studies, he was awarded The Performers Certificate, the facultys recognition of his superior performance level.
In 1986, Rich Mangicaro moved to Los Angeles where he began his work with the Paiste company, along with becoming more involved with performing & recording. In 1998, he began his work with Glenn Frey & Joe Walsh.
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.