Richard Marsella: 'Finale' Somehow in the middle of composing music, running a record label, and putting on a music festival, Ontario's Richard Marsella also runs Music Roots, a not-for-profit, alternative music education seminar.

Richard Marsella: 'Finale'

Richard Marsella: 'Finale'

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Composer Richard Marsella

Richard Marsella (AKA Friendly Rich) is a composer from Brampton, Ontario. Marsella has composed background music for 3 seasons of MTV's The Tom Green Show. Since 1994, he has recorded exclusively for his own eclectic record label, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation, with retail distribution across Canada by Sonic Unyon Distribution.

Marsella recently graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music with a focus in classical guitar and music education. He just finished a Masters degree in music at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Lee Bartel and composer R. Murray Schafer. His main areas of study include musical instrument construction and parade pedagogy.

Marsella leads Music Roots, a not-for-profit organization and registered charity which offers alternative music education across the Peel Region in Ontario. Incorporated in 2003, the Music Roots mandate is to offer students in the public school system an unforgettable introduction to music. The pilot year of the Music Roots program reached over 150 grade four students.

Friendly Rich just finished a new studio recording entitled We Need a New F-Word. The album introduces his new experimental pop ensemble, The Lollipop People. Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People will be touring in the Summer/Fall of 2006 to promote this new recording and a new live vaudeville show entitled "The Friendly Rich Show."