SEEKING INFO - Who tf is DICK CULLY? (bitter, twisted old Buddy Rich sycophant on YouTube)

I just found this crazy old guy named Dick Cully on YouTube. He's kind of a Buddy Rich copycat, but a great Big Band/Swing drummer, nonetheless. BUT! This guy seems totally off his rocker. I wondered why I'd never heard of him before (aside from the fact that he loves a genre of music no one's listened to in 70 years), then I start to see more of his videos, and this guy seems like the most arrogant, bitter, unpleasant dude since...well, Buddy Rich, honestly. He's always pimping some vaguely-described jazz education cult called "Reboot America Musically" (just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?), and he keeps posting about how pissed he is that no one cares. I just can't look away.

Does anyone know anything about this guy, what his story is, or what turned him into such a miserable creature? I'm fascinated...

 

Seafroggys

Silver Member
This guy is charging outrageous prices for this stuff like it's a 1990's infomercial. His website even looks like the 1990's. Is anyone still buying his stuff?
 

MusiQmaN

Platinum Member
'' (aside from the fact that he loves a genre of music no one's listened to in 70 years)''


I would rephrase that.

Look up young kid Greyson Nekrutman.

Zildjian recently signed him too.

On this topic. What a dick. Full of himself. I wouldn't even had wasted a topic on that.
 

GetAgrippa

Platinum Member
It's interesting his videos often have him posing with lots of great drummers-implying he knew them well as a promotion. He may have known them to be fair? If he was just a kid now he'd be on YT and some new poster be spamming his videos on here ROFL. I've watched some of his videos which he plays the style but doesn't play or sound like Buddy Rich. I don't know Cully maybe like Buddy but he is no Barrett Deems LOL.
 

prokofi5

Junior Member
Instead of calling out the dozens of companies, organizations, politicians, and schools for not responding to an unsolicited pitch maybe list the ones who are onboard.
And signing your letter the "world's greatest drummer" is not going to sound very credible when sent to the likes of Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr, etc. who maybe know a thing or two about music.
 

Seafroggys

Silver Member
The whole Reboot American Music thing just seems......I'm not sure culty is the right word, but it's very conformist in it's name and implied intentions. With that being said, it says it's all about doing after school programs for kids and stuff which seems admirable, but the website is selling tickets for a fundraiser for a high school.....back in 2013.

I mean, the video in the OP was posted a couple years ago, so it looks like maybe the program is still active, but their website is very much outdated, so I'm not sure if it's still an active program, or maybe it's one of those 'wishful thinking' programs where Cully is trying to imply that it's helping millions of kids across America like it says, but hasn't actually been successful at doing anything, and he's just talking out of his ass. I dunno.

The more I think about this guy, the more bizarre everything seems.
 

toddbishop

Platinum Member
I'm not seeing the crazy, bitter, twisted part-- is that in another video? I just see an older big band drummer/leader, who is a very old school Hollywood/charismatic type of personality, trying to get funding for an after school music program.

He probably shouldn't be promoting himself as the world's greatest drummer-- that's not true! Otherwise, who cares?
 

Seafroggys

Silver Member
^^^ Yeah I only watched a few videos and I don't see where he's some crusty old curmodgeon. I mean, there's a lot of other weird issues and red flags which I've previously pointed out, but he hasn't come across as bitter to me by any means.

I'm part of an online orchestra that has a high percentage of high school and college age musicians, so people who have been in school music programs the past ten years. I've asked them if they've heard of this program, and so far no one has.
 

someguy01

Well-known member
It's just strange/funny for someone to sign up for a drumming forum like SEEKING INFO!!! LOOK AT THIS CRAZY B*ST*RD SICK TWISTED CULTIST! HE'S CRAZY and then it's just some character pitching a school music program.
"I want to complain about a video YT recommended to me but no one on my instafacetweet cares so I am going to complain to drummers because the guy in the video is one!"
That's my version of the story and I'm sticking to it! ?
 
The guy literally has a video called "Screw Everyone." Some guy compliments his playing in another video, and he says "too bad the industry doesn't feel that way." Y'all don't think he's kind of a chode?

 

Seafroggys

Silver Member
Like I said I haven't watched all his videos. His speech itself seemed fine, although he did complain a bit about "I sent thousands of flyers and hardly anybody came".....dude, welcome to the indie music scene :D

But yeah, that bit at the end......oof.

EDIT: Oh man and I read the description attached to that video....I'm inclined to agree with what OP is saying now. I'm not even sure what to call this guy. Entitled? Crybaby? He's surely passionate, that's for sure.

Looking through his youtube page, it seems like he's pretty much spent the past 8 or so years uploading videos from a gig he had in 2011 (possibly the same gig as above) and another one in 2013 (possibly the one I described in an earlier post) as well as videos where he looks obviously younger, so probably clips from those overpriced DVD's he is selling through his website that he's probably not actually selling any copies of.

He claims that the process works...bandleaders can make $100k a year, sidepeople a guaranteed $50k a year, if only people paid attention to him. I just want to go "Oh, honey...." to him. It's more sad than anything at this point. So that tells me that this super successful after-school program that has helped millions of kids....hasn't actually done anything. It's all a lie. And him blaming all the big-bad instrument makers and schools and this and that.....you know the saying "If you have a problem with one person, they're an asshole; if you have a problem with everybody, you're the asshole"?

You can't just force kids to be interested in music from the 40's. As someone who was a band student who played in jazz band and loved it, I'm not sure how interested I'd be as a teenager watching a bunch of old white guys playing war-era charts. Now if they were doing more modern charts, that'd be a different story. Big Bands are freaking awesome, but you got to modernize your music to pull it off. Gordon Goodwin is where it's at.
 
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SharkSandwich

Junior Member
"My audience is worthless...." Ouch!
 
Like I said I haven't watched all his videos. His speech itself seemed fine, although he did complain a bit about "I sent thousands of flyers and hardly anybody came".....dude, welcome to the indie music scene :D

But yeah, that bit at the end......oof.

EDIT: Oh man and I read the description attached to that video....I'm inclined to agree with what OP is saying now. I'm not even sure what to call this guy. Entitled? Crybaby? He's surely passionate, that's for sure.

Looking through his youtube page, it seems like he's pretty much spent the past 8 or so years uploading videos from a gig he had in 2011 (possibly the same gig as above) and another one in 2013 (possibly the one I described in an earlier post) as well as videos where he looks obviously younger, so probably clips from those overpriced DVD's he is selling through his website that he's probably not actually selling any copies of.

He claims that the process works...bandleaders can make $100k a year, sidepeople a guaranteed $50k a year, if only people paid attention to him. I just want to go "Oh, honey...." to him. It's more sad than anything at this point. So that tells me that this super successful after-school program that has helped millions of kids....hasn't actually done anything. It's all a lie. And him blaming all the big-bad instrument makers and schools and this and that.....you know the saying "If you have a problem with one person, they're an asshole; if you have a problem with everybody, you're the asshole"?

You can't just force kids to be interested in music from the 40's. As someone who was a band student who played in jazz band and loved it, I'm not sure how interested I'd be as a teenager watching a bunch of old white guys playing war-era charts. Now if they were doing more modern charts, that'd be a different story. Big Bands are freaking awesome, but you got to modernize your music to pull it off. Gordon Goodwin is where it's at.


EXXXXACTLY!
 

Al Strange

Well-known member
I’m not comfortable with the premise of this thread; this isn’t your average introductory thread on the forum... I’ve seen a couple of profanity strewn videos by Dick and have to say I’m concerned about his state of mind? :unsure: Not having a go, it just seems a bit unnecessary to poke fun at and belittle a fellow drummer who appears to be struggling with his life situation. On that basis I won’t play...
 

Seafroggys

Silver Member
Yeah, which is why I'm leaning on just feeling sad for him. Judging from those 10 year old videos, he's definitely getting up there in years, and maybe he's just upset and/or bitter about where he ended up. He just wants to live in this idealized past that may or may not have ever existed, and just tried to force it to happen and it didn't work out, which caused a bit of a meltdown. He's a great drummer (assuming he still plays) but I think he just needs to get some perspective and change his approach.
 
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