Teacher Profile: Rich Margolis

Rich Margolis

Rich Margolis

Instrument(s): Piano

City: Miami/South Florida


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About Rich Margolis

Richard Margolis' interest in music began at the age of 8 when he started playing the accordion. He was supported by his mom and dad and, at the age of 12, competed in New York City at a national accordion competition. At the age of 15, Richard discovered jazz music and attended the Stan Kenton Music Clinics where he was introduced to the vibraphone, this became his primary instrument in high school and college.

Richard led a big band and various small groups through high school and received a scholarship from the city of Manchester, NH, to study music composition at North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas. Richard was a member of the North Texas One O'clock Jazz Band which performed at the White House with special guests Duke Ellington and Stan Getz, an experience he will never forget.

Following college, Richard toured the US with a band called the Serfs and recorded an album in New York for Capital Records. To promote the record, the band travelled extensively and opened many concerts for major acts such as the Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, Deep Purple, and more.

Richard settled in Wichita, Kansas at which time the piano became his primary instrument. In 1972, Pat Metheny played with Richard's band at the first Wichita Jazz Festival. In 1979, Richard moved to Hawaii where he worked with Don Ho, Ira Nepus (a claimed jazz trombonist), and many local artists. Moving back to New Hampshire in 1982, Richard's career took many different routes including playing on cruise ships, with local jazz and pop artists, directing Community Theater, and playing solo piano in many different venues. In addition, Richard produced local events, bringing noted jazz artists Lou (Blue Lou) Marini of the Blues Brothers, Jerry Hahn formerly with the Gary Burton Quartet, and Bill Trujillo who played with Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton.

From 1998 to 2011 Richard taught piano at the Bedford Youth Performing Company in Bedford, NH where he developed his unique teaching style. He places emphasis on music basics such as proper technique, theory, and most importantly, making sure the student is enjoying the experience. Richard has taught students from age 7 to age 73, covering all styles of music including classical, pop, jazz, and rock. Richard has recently moved to Florida and is looking forward to many new and rewarding experiences.

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