Rich Lackowski is the author of On the Beaten Path, a series of music instruction books.
The first book in the series, On the Beaten Path: The Drummer's Guide to Musical Styles and the Legends Who Defined Them, was voted No. 1 Educational Book in Modern Drummer's 2008 reader's poll and No. 1 Book in DRUM! magazine's 2008 reader's poll. It is highly regarded by teachers, students, and drumming enthusiasts alike, and has earned accolades and praise from around the world, including publications and websites like DRUMscene (Australia), Drummerworld.com (Switzerland), MikeDolbear.com (U.K.), Drumheads!! Schlagzeugmagazin (Germany), and Percussioni (Italy).
In addition to authoring the On the Beaten Path series of music instruction books, Lackowski is an international clinician, an endorsed artist and member of the Vic Firth Education Team, and an endorsed artist and member of the Education Team at Evans Drumheads.
Lackowski was born and raised in Chicago. He lived in West Lafayette, Indiana and Detroit before moving to Los Angeles in 2001. He's played the drums since age 10 and currently plays drums in the Nikki O'Neill Band.