In 2004, two years after his retirement due to his Parkinson's disease, Greg discovered his gift of music composition. This remarkable musical ability emerged inexplicably. Greg had limited formal musical training other than a few years of piano and trombone lessons as a youth. Yet within the first several months following his original composition, he wrote a symphony!
For the 2007-2008 season, Greg was the "Composer in Residence" for the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral works have also been performed by other orchestras including the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. He has also composed many songs in varying genres for both male and female vocalists.
Greg’s gift of music has caught the attention of the media. In addition to articles in print such as a Boston Globe story on a music video he wrote and produced, “Winter Waltz, an Afternoon at Channing Pond”, Greg has been featured in a number of diverse radio and television programs including ABC News PrimeTime Live, a New England Cable News feature, a Middle Eastern Broadcast Network special, and a BBC documentary on creativity and the brain.
In 2007, the Greg Rice Foundation was formed for the purpose of raising awareness and money to fund medical research to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease. He regularly speaks to groups about these efforts. Greg has raised over $100,000.00 so far with his concerts and speaking engagements.
Today Greg’s priority is raising his three children. In addition, Greg serves as coach for his sons’ baseball teams, performs a variety of community service, is active in his undergraduate college and continues to create music.
Greg believes his talent is “God given”, but his inspiration comes from his family. He is grateful for all of the people who have come into his life to support him and his mission. He feels truly blessed.