Richard Benjamin Tilkin (b.03/17/1939-02/14/2006) was a social worker, percussionist and former member of the ONCE Group. The ONCE Group was a collection of musicians, visual artists, architects, and film-makers who wished to create an environment in which artists could explore and share techniques and ideas in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Rilkin received his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. In 1961 Richard toured the Soviet Union during the Bay of Pigs crisis, as a member of the University of Michigan Orchestra Band. They were the first amateur performers to be invited behind the Iron Curtain. He co-founded the Generation Gap Big Band in 1976. Tilkin died on Feb. 14, 2006.