Born in the Bronx, New York, Rick Began playing piano at the age of 9, drums at age 11, congas and vibraphone at the age of 14. He started playing professionally at the age of 15.
Composer, Arranger and Las Vegas Latin Awards Winner in 2 catagories-Best Latin Jazz Performer as well as Best Latin Jazz Band. Rick Arroyo is currently being featured on Vegas PBS Channel 10 airing through out the day with host Donny Osmond. Rick Arroyo appeared in The Coral Reef Lounge at Mandalay Bay every Monday night for four years with his 10 piece Latin dance band, The Latin Percussion Ensemble. He has played at The Blue Note, The House Of Blues, The Rio, Aladdin, Wynn, Tropicana, Bally’s, Venetian, Stardust, Sahara, Circus Circus, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, Monte Carlo, Gordon Biersch Brewery, The MGM Grand & MGM Grand Garden Arena, Bellagio’s, Caesar’s Palace, Mirage, Treasure Island, Orleans, Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas Hilton, Paris Hotel, Rancho Santa Fe Station, The Stardust, New York, N.Y. ( in the George Hamilton Cigar Lounge) Green Valley Station, Boulder Station, Sam’s Town, Alexis Park Resort, Stratosphere, Fremont Street, Riviera, Primadonna, Lady Luck, Avi Casino, Red Rock Casino, Renaissance Hotel, Suncoast Casino, Furnace Creek Inn, Four Seasons and many other locations in Los Angeles, Denver and in Las Vegas. Rick has performed at several of The City Of Lights Jazz Festivals, The Clark County Amphitheatre, The Reed Whipple Community Center and other venues including radio and television Simulcast.
Rick has recorded and or played with Esteban, Tito Puente Jr. Poncho Sanchez, Steve Rossi, Luis Conte, Bill Laster, Karen Briggs, Dick Mitchell, Dan St. Marsais, Artie Webb, Francisco Aguabella, Papo Conga, Dan Weinstein, David Romero, Joe Torres, Poncho Roman, Johnny Conga, Papo Rodriguez, Tata Palau, Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez, Ghalib Ghallab, Luis Miranda, Bobby Matos, Johnny Polanco, Pachito Alonso, Eddie Resto, Larry White, Hector Casanova, Dick Berk, Ramon Flores, Art Velasco… Shared the stage with The Yellow Jackets, Fatburger, The Rippingtons, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, Carl Fontana Everrett Harp, Gilberto Santa Rosa and many others.
He has opened for Tito Puente, Willie Chirino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jesus Alemany, Cubanismo, President Barack Obama, David Benoit, Richard Elliott, Michael McDonald, Donna Summers, The Beach Boys, Sammy Hagar and many others.
Rick Has performed for Jenny Jones, Maurie Povich, Oscar Goodman, Shelly Berkley, Chip Maxfield, Senator Harry Reid, Barack Obama, Monte Rock, Joe Cortez, Robin Leach, Oscar De La hoya and many other celebrities.