Guitarist-Composer Ric F. began his music career as a recording session musician and performer in southern California. He studied with jazz guitarist Barney Kessel, Horace Hatchett (jazz), Ted McKown (classical), Ricardo de Escobal (flamenco) and Ron Middlebrook (general).
Ric studied composition-theory with many teachers including Pulitzer Prize nominated Dr. Albert Harris. Ric is completing an MM in composition and has taught at Biola University, SW Seminary as well as tutoring theory students online from Berklee College of Music and others. He also completed the UCLA Film Scoring program winning awards for his picture scoring as well as from Billboard Magazine, American Song Festival, and ASCAP. Ric’s “Letters” album was a pre-nomination Grammy candidate.
Ric has performed and composed music for recordings ranging from the London Symphony Orchestra to Megadeth. His recordings have charted radio and have been featured in television and film. Ric’s recordings have included original music, Hymn and Christmas arrangements, orchestral music all in a wide variety of styles and ensembles.
Ric has been on recording projects with David Benoit, John Patitucci, Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields, Russell Ferrante and Wayne Bergeron. He has also performed as the opening act for Bob James, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Michel Camilo.
Since being in Texas Ric has performed and written music for many ensembles including the Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. He has released several recordings recorded in Texas, Nashville and Los Angeles and also published his book “Guitar Tips” available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and others. His published guitar music has been distributed by Columbia Pictures Publications.
Ric’s Etude (from his composition “Moonlit”) was selected by the Texas Jazz Educators Association for the Texas All-State Competition and he was asked to be a presenter at the Conference in San Antonio.
Ric is currently an Instructor of Music at Weatherford College where he teaches and directs the Improv & Small Instrumental Ensembles, Director of Rhythm Section for the Jazz Band, Co-Director of the Jazz Band and has been commissioned by WC for compositions and arrangements for the Jazz band which they have premiered. He also teaches Jazz and contemporary guitar and also teaches composition, arranging and theory online with students worldwide.
Instructor-Director: Small Instrumental Ensembles (combos).
Instructor: Jazz Improv.
Co-Director: Jazz Band.
Director: Rhythm Section (Jazz Band).
Weatherford & Wise County campus & online.
Studied Schillinger Studies (theory) in depth for over 6 years with a student of Joseph Schillinger.
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