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Ricky Wise was born and raised in Maryland. His talent for singing has existed as long as he can remember, and his love of music began at the ripe old age of 11 when he began playing the drums. Ricky has always experienced a special connection to music that he didn't have with anything else. When he had the opportunity to start playing an instrument in school, he jumped at the chance and has never looked back.


Ricky's vocal influences include; Joe Cocker, Sam Cooke, Paul McCartney and Robert Palmer. He is most influenced on the drums by: John Bonham, Keith Moon, Levon Helm, Steve Jordan, Stewart Copeland, Ringo Starr and Ginger Baker. 

Ricky has performed at many weddings and corporate events with the group, Mood Swings Big Band. Matt Davis of 98 Rock has showcased Ricky on the radio through interviews and airtime, as well as featured his band, Dreamboat Armada in his Monday night "Noise in the Basement" shows and his "Rock the Dock" series playing outside the Inner Harbor Hard Rock Cafe. Dreamboat Armada was featured on Fox 45 for the Hard Rock Calling competition, in which they placed 29th out of about 1,200 in the world. They also had the privilege to open for Eric Johnson, The Dirty Guv'nahs, and The Good Old War. Ricky also performed at one of the Inaugural Balls of the 2012 election season.

In addition to providing drumming and vocals for the Mood Swings Big Band and Dreamboat Armada, Ricky is also a member of  The Suitors, The Dave Phenicie Band, Idle Wild, Juliette and the Thunderballs, The Blatant 80s, and Ricky Wise & The Dirty Unit. Wise has also performed in The Heart of Maryland Chorus (Men's Barbershop Chorus, Patapsco Valley Chapter), Queef Latina, Uncle Slappy & Tiki Man. He has taken the stage with Mike Sharp, Jimmi Sexton, Todd Miller, Ruben Montoya, Ed Lauer, Eric Scott, John Thomakos, Kristin Lagana (and Victims of Experience), Tony Grasso, Keith Grimes, Parthenon Huxley, Dave Phenicie, James O'Connel, Damon Foreman, Sweet Leda,  Never Never, Sons Of The Radio, and Frenamie.

Ricky Wise has also taken on a background in theater, serving as the lead or supporting role in four high school productions. Since then, he has continued to play in pit orchestras for Red Branch Theater Company, Damascus Theater Company, Howard Community College, Toby's Dinner Theater and the Jewish Community Center of Rockville.