Rick Bacus

     There was always music going on in the Bacus household. Rick's parents and grandmother were musicians. It was pure fun for them as they had "day jobs" so they "played" music in the truest sense of the word ;)

      Rick began his formal musical education with piano at the age of five. He started taking private clarinet lessons when he was eight and continued studying throughout his college years earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University1974. In the very early days... Rick's father began teaching him chords on his tenor guitar giving Rick the opportunity to learn to play by ear. At the age of fourteen Rick went to work for a local retail music store where he met a number of working musicians and teachers. Many have become close friends over the years and taught Rick by example the "business" of being in the music business. 

       Flashing back to the very early 1960's (once upon a time...) Ed Sullivan introduced The Beatles to America and a huge army of young teenage boys decided that this was THE BEST JOB EVER! Bass guitar was Rick's first choice. His attention turned to guitar about ten years later just prior to his time with Morningstar. These days Rick continues play both guitar and bass. 

     Over the past 50 years, Rick has been consistently performing in the greater Kansas City area and beyond. His passion for all forms of music and his skills have earned him work as a music director, guitarist, bassist, vocalist, audio engineer, producer, educator, CBS/Columbia records recording artist and music consultant. Rick is also a two time inductee into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame for his work with Kansas City based Stone Wall and Morningstar. (see photo gallery) 

Favorite quotes:

 "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage"     Anais Nin