Originally from Long Island, New York, Michael Prichard got
his musical start early singing in a neighborhood Doo Woop group, The Four Aces.
He soon found his way to the trumpet and eventually his instrument of choice:
the Drums. Prichard moved to Bay Area in the late Sixties, majored in Music at
College of Marin and studied
Drumset with local legend, Chuck Brown. He then went off to the University of West Florida to continue Music Studies. He eventually got a job as a Disc Jockey on WNVY "Progressive Country" Radio where he started meeting many touring musicians.
It wasn't long before he was on the road playing Drumset with various Rock and Country gigs (Johnny Paycheck, Nat Stuckey, and Gene Watson). In 1980, Prichard was invited back to California to join a band with a pending contract, and study with Tom Donlinger and Pete Magadini. He played the local club circuit and did "the road thing" throughout the 80's and 90's. He recently became fascinated by Afro-Cuban rhythms after hearing some old Chano Pazo, Pello el Afrokan, and Los Van Van records. He is currently working as a Percussionist with Local favorites: The Deadly Zins and Sixties icon, "It's a Beautiful Day." He also plays Drumset with rockers, Stagefright and Percussion in the Trio, Wall of Rhythm.
photos by Belinda Farage