Richard Seals

Richard Seals has been performing on drums for nearly forty years and composing music for almost Thirty. As graduate of North Carolina Central University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, emphasis in Jazz Studies, he has played in almost every musical setting imaginable.  

Richard Seals’ drumming style has been described as, “…a fiery display of finesse and emotion, …an astonishing demonstration of technique tempered by an abundance of ideas and musicianship.” He has shared the stage with top performers such as Buck Hill, Stanley Cowell, Gil-Scott Heron, Larry Seals (LSQ), Stanley Turrentine, Ed Wiley Jr. as well as Percy Sledge.

As a part of Richard journey he has performed in a number of theater productions at Arena Stage of Washington, DC as well as Center Stage in Baltimore, MD. Theater productions include “Dinah Was”, “Blues in the Night”, and the award winning “Thunder Knocking on the Door”.

As a way of giving back to the musical community Richard has been involved in many mentor and student programs in the Washington DC area. This includes clinics at local schools such as Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts.  To assist in these endeavors Richard has been a recipient of a ‘Grants-In-Aid Fellowship Award’ By the D.C. Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to these activates, for more than 16 years Richard has taught drum lessons in his drum studio.


As a musician and composer Richard Seals tries to offer a unique multidimensional view into jazz, and the art of music.


Jazz Academy of Music

The Jazz Academy Orchestra will be opening for Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Mardi Gras style gala. This is a pre-festival fundraising event at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Thursday, February 16, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Tickets starting at $165.00
[Black Tie Affair]
Click here to purchase tickets online. 6:00pm VIP Reception - Meet-and-Greet with Delfeayo Marsalis 7:00pm Dinner - The Jazz Academy of Music opening act during Mardi Gras Style Dinner 8:00pm Performance by Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra


Arts and Humanities of MoCo The Jazz Academy of Music, Inc. is funded in part by the Montgomery County government and the Art & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.