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Ithaca College (MUSIC EDUCATION)
My name is Ric, and I'm a professional trombone player, singer, writer and arranger for over 30 years. I have extensive music industry experience. In August 1992, I performed with Billy Joel, Foreigner, Paul Simon. In December 1993, I recorded & performed trombone on Phil Driscoll’s Grammy nominated album “Warriors” (Word Label 1994). Additionally, I wrote all the horn arrangements on that album. In 2004, I recorded & performed trombone on John Lee Hooker, Jr’s Grammy nominated album “Blues With A Vengeance”(Kent Label 2004). I proceeded to record two more albums with Hooker, one of which I wrote horn arrangements on "All Hooked Up" album (Steppin' Stone Record Label 2012.
I've also recorded many salsa albums as well including projects with the Latin Rhythm Boys, Mambo Tropical, Broken English, La Verdad, and Ron Scott. I wrote horn arrangements for Italian rock star Zucchero for his world tour in 2013. I myself been on tour in various parts of the world (Algeria, Mexico, NY, Las Vegas). Other artists include Ron Scott, Pete Escovedo, Willy Torres (from Spanish Harlem Orchestra), salsa star Johnny Polanco, Orlando Castro.
I share this experience with you because I believe my vast experience in the industry will help you get an edge when taking on a low brass instrument, specifically the trombone. Sound is everything. I have a reputation for "sounding great." The other thing is counting correctly. Extremely important. If you have those two fundamentals, you will have success. There is a lot of demand now for the trombone in many genres (rock, blues, salsa, ska, latin rock, smooth jazz, etc) I can help you achieve success by learning the fundamentals of trombone performance as well as some esoteric techniques.
I'm based in the Bay Area and would love to teach you what I know and share my experience with you.
Thank you very much,
My name is Ric, and I'm a professional trombone player, singer, writer and arranger for over 30 years. I have extensive music industry experience. In August 1992, I performed with Billy Joel, Foreigner, Paul
My daughter has been taking lessons with Ric for a couple of months now. While my daughter learned how to play saxophone while in elementary school, she found the music program at her middle school weak, and wanted private lessons so she could continue practicing and growing her skills. Ric has ignited her passion for playing saxophone; often after her lessons with him she tells me how much she enjoys playing. Ric has coached her on technique, has taught her songs to play, and occasionally accompanies her on piano. Everyone in the house loves hearing her play during her lesson and I've even seen neighbors stand outside our house to appreciate the music.
Moreover, Ric is very patient and knows when to push her vs. when to encourage her to relax. I appreciate how easeful he is with her and how he talks to her. They have great rapport, which makes her even more open to learning from him. I'm grateful for the music Ric has brought into our lives and how much he has inspired my daughter.
I really like the music that I work on with Ric, and he helps me a lot with sections that are difficult for me. Ric has been really patient with me not practicing enough, and I still feel like I'm learning a lot from him. He makes me want to play better music!
And from mom - She says she feels burned out from summer diving more than during the school year because it's so many hours a day. I'm hoping for a better music practice schedule after we get back from the last meet of the year. Thanks for being so patient and continuing to teach her anyway!
Ric is a great teacher who knows how to explain all aspects of playing trombone better. He exposes me to a variety of music genres and is also teaching me about musicality, tone, various rhythms, and really fun songs.
Basics of blowing a trumpet. Offered follow ups to check on progress before next lesson. Very patient. Offered great tips and tricks.
We are so thrilled we found Ric. My teen son is very pleased with lessons by Ric. It's an incredible opportunity to be taught well by such an accomplished musician, who puts his all into lessons.
Ric really brings out the best in my 14 year old trombone student. He gets him to focus on improved sound, timing, and places where bits of personalized flair can be brought in. My son improves noticeably each lesson. Thanks, Ric.
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From 1981-1993, I was a music director for URCS (a private school in Long Island, NY). I developed pedagogy and taught the high school band and choir. I taught flute and gave lessons up to mid-level intermediate. I also write for flute since I'm an arranger for various artists, including the group Mambo Tropical.
From 1981-1993, I was a Music director for URCS (a private school in Long Island, NY). I developed pedagogy and taught the high school band and choir. I taught saxophone and gave lessons up to mid level intermediate. I also write for saxophone since I'm an arranger for various artists.
I have been a songwriter/arranger for many years, since 1985 when I wrote original music for a Christmas musical production. Since then, I have written many songs, both for a musical group and for commercials. I currently write songs for a label.
From 1981-1993, I was a Music director for a private school in Long Island, NY. I developed pedagogy and taught the high school band and choir. I wrote original songs for school band and choir.
I've been a music industry veteran trombone player for over 32 years. I've performed with Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Foreigner, and John Lee Hooker Jr. In December 1993, I recorded & performed trombone on Phil Driscoll’s Grammy nominated album “Warriors”(Word Label 1994). I wrote all the horn arrangements and played trombone. In 2004, I recorded & performed on John Lee Hooker, Jr’s Grammy nominated album “Blues With A Vengeance” (Kent Label 2004). Performed on the trombone.