Music Industry Veteran, Professional Trombone Instructor
Music Industry Veteran, Professional Trombone Instructor
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...
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,
Great mentor who has inspired my daughter's love for saxophone
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.Sophie, 99 lessons with Ric
teacher in every sense
Today Ric taught 7 year old Alexander his 2nd class. First class he kind of scared Alexander as he is a big guy. This class Alexander was absolutely endeared to Ric and now is looking forward to Ric’s future classes. Of note, Ric is a highly principled person had booked 2 hours for the first class but Ric felt it was too much for Alexander and then 90 minutes for this second class. Both classes Ric suggested an one hour class and charged only for one hour. Teachers and people like Ric make America great.Manu, 8 lessons with Ric
Ric was very patient with my 10 year old. He was able to explain things to my son slowly, and repeat himself where necessary, as well as check to ensure that my son was understanding things. Off to a great startSANDEEP, 27 lessons with Ric
Ric is very accomplished musician and music writer. If you are a serious student, Ric is your teacher. He has a passion for teaching only seen in the best and in addition he is a lovely person.Manu, 8 lessons with Ric
Ric is really knowledgeable. He can catch students on how many hrs they practiced if they lie. Just by hearing my son play, he noticed that he did not practice well !!!
Hopefully from next class, we have good internet connection. Class after 5:30 would help us. Until 5:30 internet usage will be high at home. However hats off to Ric being very patient with the student.BHARATHI, 117 lessons with Ric
Teaching experience over 35 years shows
With no background in any instrument, I'm making good progress on my 2nd class!! Once I hit a ceiling, he goes back to things that I can do comfortably and then revisits the harder sections.Sathya, 15 lessons with Ric
Inspiring and fun tutor!
My son is enjoying his lessons with Ric very much. After each lesson I can tell my son is inspired and excited to learn trombone. Ric makes the lessons interesting by selecting great, inspiring music. He is kind and patient. We are very happy with the lessons Ric provides.Kim, 116 lessons with Ric
if you want to sound like a pro, Ric is your teacher
Since the day Ric came Into our lives, we have enjoyed beautiful sounds of our son's trombone. Ric has instilled a level of confidence, understanding of all the elements needed to sound amazing and have fun doing it. Ric has a special way of focusing on one or two things in each lesson building a solid foundation that our son can use even outside of music. We are incredibly blessed to have Ric in our lives.Sachin, 72 lessons with Ric
Ric has been tutoring my 13 year old son for the last month or so in Trombone and I can say I have seen a marked improvement with each lesson in sound, timing and how he plays now. My son has shown renewed focus, passion and interest in practicing every day which seemed to be sporadic before. Thanks Ric.Nagesh, 25 lessons with Ric
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!Catherine, 132 lessons with Ric
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