About Rich Music School
Local musician and Cary native Brandon Rich starts Rich Music School.
The school was operated out of a preschool at Cary Park.
We were actively working on transitioning to make this our permanent space.
We now have 30 students coming for lessons each week!
Our students perform MONTHLY GIGS at Ricci's Trattoria and Los Tres Magueyes and start getting very comfortable performing on stage with our teacher band.
Our plans to move into the Cary Park space falls through, and we find our new home at Crosspointe Church/NW Cary YMCA!
We celebrate our one year anniversary with a HUGE party, and celebrate our community of over 60 young musicians who LOVE to perform!
We transition to online lessons due to Covid.
Instead of regular performances, we switch our focus to music videos.
Our students now collaborate with other students and teachers to star in their own music videos!
We love virtual lessons, but we are very excited to get back to in-person lessons and performances in the community when it is safe to do so.
We invite you to join our community and help us write the rest of our story!
Brandon Rich - Owner & Director
Brandon Rich is a North Carolina native with a passion for music education and all types of music. With over ten years in music education, Brandon has played and taught in a wide variety of musical genres and settings, and he knows through experience what works in music education.
He started learning piano and percussion in middle school, and got very involved with marching band and playing guitar in rock bands in high school. During the summers of 2009 and 2011, Brandon toured the country with a DCI drum and bugle corps, and in 2015 Brandon graduated from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in Music Education and a B.M. in Jazz Studies.
The year after graduating high school Brandon became Director of the Marching Band at Wake Christian Academy, and stayed busy teaching several other percussion ensembles, marching bands, jazz bands, and private students at various schools through college.
Brandon initially started at NCCU studying the drum set, but fell in love with the vibraphone after seeing Stefon Harris perform as a guest artist at NCCU. During his time at NCCU Brandon had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Benny Golson, Joe Chambers, Wallace Roney, and Joey Calderazzo.
Over time Brandon has realized that he enjoys the learning process just as much as playing music, so he is known to play a wide variety of instruments and styles, and he loves to share this passion with the next generation.
He hopes that through performance and education he can raise cultural awareness and help restore the presence of Jazz and American music in our communities.