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Rich received his education at Jersey City State College and the Manhattan School of Music. As a drummer, he has performed and recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Susannah McCorkle, Jackie Cain and Roy Krall, and Chuck Wayne. His arrangements have been recorded by the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), Gerry Mulligan, Glenn Miller, and Susannah McCorkle. He has also served as arranger and/or conductor for various live and recorded projects, including Wynton Marsalis with strings at “Jazz at Lincoln Center”, and “Brassworks”, with Garry Dial and Dick Oatts. Other writing credits include music for TV shows The Guiding Light and Another World; audiobook productions for Scholastic, Bantam Doubleday, and Random House; and scores for the national touring theater company Artspower. In addition to composing and arranging, Mr. DeRosa has written Concepts for Improvisation: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching and Performing that is distributed worldwide by Hal Leonard. He has been on the faculty of William Paterson University since 1998 and served on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. Rich currently teaches jazz composition and arranging at the Julliard School.




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