Biography

Richard Band was born in Los Angeles on December 28, 1953. He is the son of film producer-director-writer Albert Band (THE RED BADGE OF COURAGEscreen adaptation), brother to producer-distributor Charles Band and uncle to young rock star Alex Band of the rock group ‘The Calling’. When Richard was five years of age the Band family moved to Sweden so that Albert, following his years working with John Huston, could direct and produce the film FACE OF FIRE (James Whitmore, Theodore Bikel). Subsequently the family moved on to Paris for a year where Richard upon returning from school would on an almost daily basis conduct Beethoven’s 5th and 9th symphonies while standing on the dining room table listening to the music on a phonograph. In late 1959 the family then moved to Rome, which was rapidly becoming the "Hollywood of Europe" where the family remained for the next 11 years.

One night in 1963 on a location shoot in Madrid, Spain, Richard fell even more in love with music than he already was. Having been mesmerized by the masterful guitar playing at a flamenco show, Richard went out the following morning and bought his own first guitar. About a year thereafter and after teaching himself to play, the young teenager began playing professional jobs in and around Rome. About a year after that, Richard was forming his own bands and began touring around Italy accompanied by four adult musicians. At age 17, after having toured around most of Italy and Europe, Richard had already achieved an incredible amount of success and then in 1970, returned to the United States. Not wanting to be a "rock & roll" star like almost every other musician in Los Angeles at the time, Richard realized if he wanted to remain in music, he would have to begin studying music more seriously. Richard began his formal music studies at the Immaculate Heart College in 1972, and later studied privately with John Ringgold and composer Dorrance Stalvey of the famous "Monday Evening Concerts."