Rick Westrick was born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1975. In 1977 he received an Associate of Arts Degree from Northern Wyoming Community College, also in Sheridan. After this, Rick attended Eastern Washington University in Cheney, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music Degree. Being a percussionist, Rick studied extensively with Professor Martin Zyskowski, who was then in charge of percussion studies at E.W.U., and was also the timpanist for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Rick auditioned for the Spokane Symphony in 1981, and has been with the orchestra ever since.
In addition to playing with the orchestra, Rick has taught private drum lessons in the Spokane area since 1981. He has also directed a percussion ensemble at Gonzaga Preparatory School since 1987, has taught percussion and drum set at Spokane Falls Community College since 1987, has directed drum set studies at Whitworth University since 1992, and has taught beginning percussion in the classroom for both fifth and sixth grade students of the Mead School District Elementary Band Program since 1993.
Rick has also been very active over the years as a drum set player, both in and outside of the Spokane Symphony. He has worked with a multitude of bands and artists over the years, including the Brent Edstrom Trio (jazz), Stagecoach West (variety), Moko Jumbie (Caribbean style), Desafinado (Brazilian style), and Watersign (jazz-fusion), to name but a few. He has played with artists of national prominence including Emmylou Harris, Della Reese, Judi Collins, the Diamonds, the Drifters, the Platters, Shirley Jones, Hal Linden, and Don Rickles, among many others.
Following college graduation,Rick joined fellow symphony percussionists Paul Raymond and Bryan Bogue along with several others to form the percussion ensemble Happy Hammers. This group toured the Spokane schools for seven years, presenting programs featuring jazz and percussion.
Rick and Linda Legerski were married in 1982, and Linda has taught for the Coeur d' Alene School District for over thirty years. Their daughter Amy graduated from the University of Washington in 2013, and is employed as an industrial designer in Seattle.
Regarding the Spokane Symphony, Rick says, "it has always been an honor and a privilege to perform with such a fine orchestra. The last several years at the Fox have propelled the Symphony to new heights, and I am truly amazed at just how much our orchestra has improved over the years."