Born in Rome, GA in 1956 to musical parents, Richard Willis received his earliest music training as an oboist, through high school and into college. His percussion teaches have included Dr. Larry Vanlandingham (Baylor Univ.), Dr. John Papastefan (BA-Music, Univ. of South Alabama), and Dan C. Armstrong (MM-Percussion, Penn State University). Willis currently resides and pursues a musical career in Austin, Texas.