...that's the bottom line. Rhythm Section is devoted to providing a creative outlet for the rhythms that drive Bay Area youth.
On the drumline our mission is to educate, develop and polish young performers in a low-stress, cooperative learning environment. In addition to musicianship, students learn the invaluable discipline, time management and teamwork skills they will need in high school and college.
Specializing in urban education, Terrizzi’s experience as a professional teacher and musician make him an encouraging, adaptive and effective educator.
A native of San Francisco’s Mission District, Geno brings 40 years of professional music experience to Rhythm Section.
Terrizzi grew up with a passion for music and language and has sought to share that passion through teaching and grant writing.
“I enjoyed drumline because I felt like I could connect with everyone through our music. Drumline made me feel as if I was in my own musical world. Drumming made me realize what I'm capable of doing.”
--Former Rhythm Section student
“I liked getting to know the people on my team. I found it interesting how everyone was so different, but we all bonded over one thing: drums. We learned to trust each other, support each other and break out of our comfort zones to become a successful drumline.”
--Former Rhythm Section student
"Rhythm Section parents know the value of extracurricular passions. As competition increases for high school and college placements, institutions constantly seek students with skill sets that lie outside classroom academia. The support and encouragement of our parents is invaluable for instilling confidence, work ethic and creativity in every drummer. These are the attributes students keep and use for life."
- Mick Terrizzi, Founder
“Terrizzi, a 23-year-old social studies teacher from San Francisco’s Sunset District, was one of those young idealists who came to Blenheim through Teach for America’s national program to put top college graduates to work as teachers in the country’s neediest schools. What Bell didn’t know was that Terrizzi had a vision, too. He aims to take the teacher inside him and combine it with the musician who has played clubs with bands up and down the California coast since he was 18.”
“I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was a senior in high school, because I had teachers that shaped the way I thought. My seventh-grade teacher Joan Elliott stressed individuality and self-expression. My junior English teacher Elizabeth Purcell taught me how to write, how to think critically about literature, politics. I think of things I've done - be it the drumline, or playing in a rock band, or even the way I carry myself with my friends - and there's no way I'd be able to do this without that influence.”
“Rhythm Section Drumlines has performed in the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the past two years in partnership with the Chapter 16 local International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Rhythm Section is proud to march with these behind the scenes workers and share their talents with an organization that supports the entertainment industry and the arts.”
“For the past two years, Rhythm Section Drumlines has hosted summer drum camps at St. Ignatius College Preparatory Academy in San Francisco’s Sunset district. These week-long camps allow students to learn basic drum technique and rudiments, support team work across grade levels and build confidence through a final performance.”