Ricky Sebastian was born in Opelousas, Louisiana. He started taking drum lessons at the age of eight and throughout junior and senior high school he studied classical percussion winning many All-State, All-Parish and Sight-reading awards.
Ricky began playing drum set at fifteen years old. Eventually he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana studying classical theory, composition and drums on a full scholarship and later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Upon returning to New Orleans in 1976 he started working professionally. In the next six years he gained experience playing different styles such as Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Traditional New Orleans music, Carnival music, Brazilian, Reggae, Calypso, Funk, Rock, R&B, Cajun and Zydeco.
In 1983 Ricky moved to New York where he built a career as an in demand recording and touring artist. He was an instructor at the world renowned Drummers Collective and also the New School, both located in New York City.
Ricky moved back to New Orleans in 1999 and is currently on the teaching staff at the University of New Orleans under the direction of Ellis Marsalis.
He is an active clinician for Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals, LP percussion and Pro-Mark drumsticks. Ricky has held clinics in universities and music stores throughout the United States. He has also held clinics and masterclasses at venues in Europe and Japan.
Check out Ricky's critically acclaimed drum method book entitled The Independent Drummer.