Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Los Angeles, California
Band: Kindness, 4 Non Blondes, The Loud Family, Penelope Houston, Porcelain, Go Go Market, Holly Vincent, The Martinis, Gus, Angel Corpus Christi, Bad Radio, The Wild Stares, The Sheilas, Lovedog
Genres: Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


A native of Los Angeles, Dawn Richardson began playing drums as a young teenager. During high school, she played in any group available, including rock bands, marching bands, concert bands, orchestra, and percussion ensembles. Dawn Richardson earned her bachelor's degree in percussion from California State University, Los Angeles. Additionally, she studied under Raynor Carroll, the principle percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as Steve Houghton, Greg Goodall, and Jin Vessiny.

Dawn Richardson performed with 4 Non Blondes during the height of their popularity. Dawn Richardson received gold and platinum awards for record sales with the band and toured the country, opening for bands like Aerosmith, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, and Prince.

After relocating to San Francisco, Dawn Richardson studied composition and has since composed soundtracks for several short independent films. In 2005, Dawn Richardson created her own group, 2Toggle, which combines Dawn's appreciation for drumming and percussion with the visual artistry of Lori Nunokawa.

Dawn Richardson also performed with cover bands TaB and Perps during 2005, but both bands have since gone on hiatus. The Perps are an instrumental power trio who performed theme songs from police and detective shows of the 1970s with jazz sensibility and rock energy. TaB, on the other hand, covered the funky dance music of the 1970s.

In addition to her demanding career as a performer, Dawn Richardson is an educator. She wrote three drum method books and often contributes to DRUM! and EDGE Magazines. Dawn Richardson also teachesóshe loves helping her students learn while simultaneously learning from her students.

Dawn Richardson has also performed with Erika Luckett, Lillix, Penelope Houston, Angel Corpus Christie, The Loud Family, Go Go Market, Blame Sally, Kindness, Joe Gore, The Matinis, and Vicki Randle.

Dawn Richardson's latest performance group is an all-women rock outfit called Dolorata.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1989 On the Horizon On the Horizon
1992 Bigger, Better, Faster, More! Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
1995 Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
1996 Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger
1996 Interbabe Concern Interbabe Concern
1997 Truth Truth
1997 Who Does She Think She Is? Who Does She Think She Is?
2000 Fundamentals Fundamentals
2000 Kindness Kindness
2000 Welcome to Planet Excellent Welcome to Planet Excellent
2002 Hotel San Jose Hotel San Jose
2003 Demos Federico Demos Federico
2003 Falling Uphill Falling Uphill
2005 Greatest Hits Greatest Hits
2005 Right to Be Here Right to Be Here
2005 Unexpected Unexpected
2007 Love & Discipline Love & Discipline
2008 Unbreakable Unbreakable
2008 Believer Dolorata
2012 On Market Street  Penelope Houston


  • Dawnís least favorite part of drumming is carrying around her equipment.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pacific Drums and Percussion
Cymbals: Zildjian
Sticks: Vic Firth

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