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Dior Drumsticks going strong

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Recently Drummers World in New York City became the distributor of Dior custom drumsticks. You can see a YouTube video they made showing them in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06cr2wwDUoI
I spent a good part of some late nights/early mornings in May and June making some sticks for them out of some gorgeous wood so they are well stocked. Give them a call at 212 840 3057

I recently recieved some beautiful new wood including Wenge, Leopardwood, Pauduk, Yellowheart and Zebrawood. Now if I only had time to use it…………

Here are a few pictures from my shop. I will post a video as soon as I find someone brave enough to get that close to me when the wood is flying.

Here is a side view of my main lathe. She's a beast!

Here is a front view. Notice the dust collection which is vital since some of these exotic woods are toxic when you turn them.

This is my quaint little custom finishing jig. I use a special resin formulated gloss finish that really improves the stick grip.


Welcome to My Blog

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Sorry I have not written in a while. It’s been very busy this last year. Here are some new articles:
The purpose of this blog will be to keep friends, students, clients and other interested parties updated about the happenings at Acoustic Barn as well as documenting my performances and teaching activities. I will be posting links to video and audio examples as well as pictures. From time to time I will also post different thoughts and experiences from my life as a studio owner as well as a professional musician and teacher. I welcome all comments.

Rick inducted into J.P Stevens Hall of Honor

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Back in April I was inducted into my high school’s Hall of Honor in Edison N.J. They do this every 4 years for
past graduates and it’s quite an affair. I had a great time and met some really interesting folks. Among the other inductees were doctors, politicians, military and law enforcement personnel and scientists.
It was great to see my former band directors, Andy DeNicola and Chris Peterson as well as the school which I had not visited for 25 years. It was amazing to see the changes and they now have a whole wing for the performing arts. I got to share the day with my wife, parents and sister which was really special.
Here are some links and pictures from the ceremonies.

from L to R: Chris Peterson, Rick and Andy DeNicola

Mom and Dad

Sister Donna and Rick

Donna, Jennifer Dior, Chris Peterson and Rick


Andy and Rick in his bandroom-Check out those trophies!!

Donna Rick and The Mayor of Edison, Toni Ricigliano

Here's the Plaque that's in the hall

The induction ceremony

Some of the inductees

Here’s a link to a newspaper release

Recent Article: Mike D’Angelo

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Here’s a nice article about one of my former students Mike D’Angelo who was up for a Grammy this year (which sadly he did not win.).
link

Some more Snare Drum videos

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Here are some more of my favorite John Pratt solos. These are from a series of videos that I have made for my students. Click on the tittle and allow about 30-60 seconds for the file to load. There may be a slight delay between the audio and the video so if this freaks you out just close your eyes! I have recorded all of the Pratt books for my students on DVD and audio CD. in the complete collection all of the solos are recorded at three tempos. Slower than marked, as marked and faster than maked. These videos represent the faster tempos. Let me know if you are interested in these recordings and I hope you enjoy these videos.

Pass in Review from 14 modern contest solos 1/4 note =122

Guidepost from 14 modern contest solos dotted 1/4=82

Ruffing Up A Storm from 14 modern contest solos 1/4note=120

Gladstone Cadets from 14 modern contest solos 1/4note=122

Stomping Through The Barline from 14 modern contest solos 1/4note=120

Hodge Podge from 14 modern contest solos1/4=130

Jolting John from 14 modern contest solos 1/4=120

No Left Flam from 14 modern contest solos dotted 1/4note=84

Dexterity from 14 modern contest solos 1/4note=120

Drum Corps On Parade from 14 modern contest solos1/4=130

Solo For George from the New Prat Book dotted 1/4=86

State Champion from the New Pratt Book dotted 1/4=86

Over,Under and Out from the New Pratt Book 1/4=120

Trojan Horse from the New Pratt Book dotted 1/4=82

Swinging The Swiss Pataflafla from Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers 1/4 note=100

Attaching the 4-Stroke Ruff from Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers 1/4 note=80

Flam Paradiddle Ruff Paradiddle from Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers 1_4=96

Spasmodic Permutations from Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers 1/4=96

Hands Across The Sea from Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers 1/4note=84

Bostons Drumming Crusader from Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers 1/4note=100

Tribute To Dr. Berger from Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers dotted 1/4note=74

Harold Danko, Rich Perry and Clay Jenkins at UNCC 2008

Monday, December 28th, 2009

I recently found these pictures of a concert I played with Harold Danko, Rich Perry, Clay Jenkins and Tom Hildreth at UNCC.

Harold Danko Clay, Rich Perry Tom Hildreth and Rick play the concert

Harold Danko Clay, Rich Perry Tom Hildreth and Rick play the concert

Rich Perry and Rick

Rich Perry and Rick

Harold Danko and Rick Post Concert at Robinson Hall, UNC Charlotte

Harold Danko and Rick Post Concert at Robinson Hall, UNC Charlotte

Harold Danko, Clay,Tom Hildreth, Rich Perry and Rick

Harold Danko, Clay,Tom Hildreth, Rich Perry and Rick

Major League Baseball honors my dad

Friday, November 20th, 2009

It happened last month but this is the first chance I have had to write about it: Finally after 40 years Major League baseball recognized my father Jerry Dior for designing the Major League baseball logo in 1968. For years I would tell friends this only to be met by barely disguised skepticism. After all-If he designed that shouldn’t you be rich and if so why are you on this crappy gig!!!
Well the fact is he did it in a few hours and was working for an agency at the time so he was paid a small amount (his salary at the time) and forgot all about it. It then showed up in the 1969 world series and that’s the first time he realized that they had used his design. Many other logos such as the NBA, NHL,etc. are patterned after this design. I’m sure most of you have seen it but if not here it is:
MLB Logo

This process took about 10 years so I’m really glad it has come to fruition. Personally I never thought MLB would do anything since a). They did not have to and b). They could open themselves up to financial issues.
But the fact is that my dad never wanted any kind of financial restitution whatsoever. He just wanted to be recognized for the thing that he is most proud of in his graphic design career. Most logos undergo many changes over their useful lifetimes but this one is completely unchanged in 40 years and it’s everywhere you look. I think he is very proud of that fact alone.
One thing that really bugged me is that a comic book artist named James Sherman has said he designed it for many years now but that obviously was not the case. You can also search on the web for this – it’s a very interesting story which should invoke in you a mixture of laughter and disgust.
Anyway, as a result of the acknowledgement MLB honored my father at both Yankee Stadium and Citi field (the Mets home) in September. I went to the ceremony at Yankee stadium and it was truly awesome. I have attached some pictures at the end of this post.
The new stadium is amazing and my kids were blown away. It‘s also nice that they won the world series this year so when we watched some the games on TV my kids kept saying “we were just there!”
If this story teaches us anything it teaches us that perseverance pays off (my mom worked on this tirelessly for several years) and that large corporations-MLB in this case, are sometimes really capable of doing the right thing even if it takes a very long time.
There is tons of stuff on line about this story and if you are interested you can do a search on google for Jerry Dior MLB logo.
Here’s some pictures:

At the Yankees Ceremony with Ethan Orlinsky Head of public relations for the Yankees

At the Yankees Ceremony with Ethan Orlinsky Head of public relations for the Yankees

On the big screen at Citi Field with Bob DuPuy COO of Major League Baseball

On the big screen at Citi Field with Bob DuPuy COO of Major League Baseball

A Family portrait in  the Yankees lobby

A Family portrait in the Yankees lobby

Mom and Dad with Sandy Alomar at Citi Field

Mom and Dad with Sandy Alomar at Citi Field