Rick Van Horn Needs Your Help

Over nearly thirty years as a drum journalist, clinician, and teacher, Rick Van Horn has offered his experience and wisdom to benefit the lives and careers of drummers around the world. His personal and professional efforts have also helped many percussion manufacturers to launch or improve products that make our playing lives easier and more creative.

Now Rick needs our help. His beloved wife of thirty-eight years, Crystal, has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Crystal is well known to many drummers for her own drum-related activities—primarily as the stage manager for eighteen straight Modern Drummer Festival Weekends. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at eight KoSA International Percussion Workshops, and she has been Rick’s invaluable partner at the Cape Breton International Drum Festival, the Drum Road Trip, and other educational drumming events.

Crystal now faces months of hospitalization and extensive treatment. Insurance will cover only a portion of the expenses, leaving Rick and Crystal with staggering bills that will cost them their life’s savings…and very possibly their home.

A fund has been established for donations from the drumming community. Any amount will help—and will be greatly appreciated. Checks and international bank drafts may be made payable to the Crystal Van Horn Emergency Fund, and mailed to

218 Hamilton Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07011

Rick and Crystal Van Horn have touched the lives of thousands of drummers. This is our chance to say thanks. Please pass the word to as many people as you can.

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