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Richard (Dick) Cully was born on April 19th, 1949 in Manhattan, New York. He began his musical career at the age of 16. While in high school, he formed a very popular quartet, (The Charades). He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston studying with Alan Dawson and also studied with Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy. His early career included performing a variety of musical styles, touring and recording. In 1982, he formed the DICK CULLY BIG BAND, a 15 piece high energy, exciting unit. In 1984, he became an artist/endorser for the Slingerland Drum Company and was recognized as a “World Class Drummer” by Pro-Mark of Houston, Texas.
He has worked with numerous celebrities and in 1989, the Dick Cully Big Band was chosen as “One of the best bands in the Nation” by Down Beat magazine and has been featured numerous times on the Black Entertainment Network’s “Jazz Discovery” television program.
Mr. Cully's legion of fans include great drummers such as; Joe Morello, Butch Miles, Dom Famularo and late greats including Louie Bellson, Jim Chapin and Stanley Kay. Percussion manufacturers as well as the National Drum Association and the International Buddy Rich Fan Club have applauded his talent. Mr. Cully is a recognized teacher and clinician and the author of “Secrets of the World’s Greatest Drummer” an in-depth analysis of the late Buddy Rich.
He is the founder of the International Big Band Jazz Café Society, Inc. and maintains the website www.worldsgreatestdrummer.com
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