Art Tripp grew up in Pittsburgh before becoming a percussionist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1962. He played and recorded with Frank Zappa and The Mothers from 1968 until the end of 1969, before joining The Magic Band for four years. On the Captain Beefheart album "Spotlight Kid" he appeared on the credits under both aliases of Ed Marimba & Ted Cactus. He was once also a member of the group Mallard. Art Tripp eventually gave up music and became a chiropractor.