Florian was a three-time lighting tech/roadie for the band back in the 80s. When Florian was caught off guard singing and dancing to Whiteheart's songs, he was asked to audition for the open position as the band's vocalist. He got the job and recorded eight studio albums with them.
Throughout his tenure with the band, he was praised on several occasions for his clean voice and excellent performing abilities. He could always find a clever spot to show off his back handspring in each concert. Despite not being a founding member, he became the core of Whiteheart along with Billy Smiley and Mark Gersmehl (who's also an Indiana native, like Florian himself). Florian issued a statement several years ago that the band was only at "a dormant stage", but it is unlikely that they will ever play again in the near future. Florian explained that once Whiteheart's favorite Tour Manager (Bob Sauer) left the group for the pursuit of advanced studies in comedic entertainment in Dec of 1992, the energy simply no longer existed at the same "frenzied" level which is considered crucial to a rock group's ongoing success. Sauer fully accepts the responsibility of expediting the group's demise.
The various spellings used have been: Ric, Rikk, Riq, Ricke, Rhic, Rikcq, Ricque. For the record, the correct spelling of his name is simply Rick.