Deric Dickens is a Brooklyn-based percussionist and composer. After growing up in Southern Georgia, Deric worked as a band director, taught drum and bugle corps, and played as a principal timpanist with local orchestras and symphonies. But it was the ride cymbal; a friend had asked him to play at a session, which changed everything. Since, Dickens has toured and recorded with Robinella (Columbia Records) and JaLaLa (Janis Siegel Manhattan Transfer). Deric has performed numerous times and recorded with Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Joe Fiedler, Daniel Carter, Michael Bates, Kirk Knuffke, and Jeff Lederer at various clubs and festivals including Birdland, 55 Bar, Bonnaroo, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Atlas Performing Arts, Blue Note, Beijing, Knoxville Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, GDS Jazz Festival, The Muroran Jazz Festival Japan, AMR Switzerland, Cafe Oto, London, Cully Jazz Festival Cully Switzerland. He currently leads his groups Speed Date, Rocket #9, The Dickens Campaign, and Left Bomb Bay and co leads Dix Out (avant trad. band), Team Players, Arabic for Beginners, and Zero Point with Marius Duboule- Guitar, Daniel Carter - Winds, Michael Bates - Bass.
Deric was recently runner up in Drum Magazines 2014 Drummie awards in the Rising Star category and his album Oh Lovely Appearance was featured as a Best Of For Summer Listening by The Guardian UK. Deric has also has been asked to work on numerous movie soundtracks. His last being the adaptation of Philip Roth’s book Indignation, directed by James Schamus.
Along with playing, Deric is still committed to educating and facilitating creativity in and through music. Through his private studio in NYC and his regular appearances as a guest clinician or Artist in Residence at high schools, music studios, and music stores domestically and abroad.