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Rik Willmering began performing with various combos in 1986. From 1988 to 1990 Rik studied music theory and composition at Mead Senior High School (Spokane, WA), taught by Mike Warner and Al Tiegan, also during this period he toured as guitarist with the Mead High School Jazz Canter Choir under the direction of Dave Teal. From 1990-91 Rik studied music theory, musicology, and live performance at Spokane Falls Comm. College with Joe Brasch and Al Tie-in. His first professional act, called 'Wraith'(1991), was followed by 'Jack Stabbin'(1991-92) which included Casey Rogers (vocals), Jeremy Nolan (drums), Ron Peterson (bass guitar) and Hank Simmons (guitar). In 1992 he relocated to Minneapolis and performed with 'The Dave McCoy Band' until returning to Spokane later that year. Upon returning to Spokane Rik teamed with Casey Rogers, Jeremy Nolan and Brett Steinauer to create the band 'Buddha Leadbelly'. Buddha Leadbelly found moderate success in the Inland Northwest playing a cornucopia of venues and recorded an LP at Jellotree Studios titled 'Providence' in 1995 (produced by John Salvo of Jellotree Records) before disbanding in 1996. Shortly after Buddha Leadbelly, Rik moved to Seattle, WA. There he studied Jazz Vocals at Seattle Central Community College under the instruction of Andriene Wilson before again returning to Spokane in 2000 to take a sabbatical from music performance and composition. In 2004 Rik returned to music performance with a pop cover band called 'The Moops'. The Moops were a springboard for Rik, placing him back 'in the saddle'. In Spring of 2010 he continued his vocals study with Nancy Klingman, a talented vocal instructor residing in Spokane and shortly after began performing in the local duo 'Spokaloo' with Bryant McKinley. Currently Rik works full time in his small recording studio toward expanding his horizons and locally performs at select venues. He is also currently a clarinet playing member of the internationally esteemed El Katif Shrine Concert Band.