“Classically trained…jazz-minded. The best tutor for any genre! Highly recommended!”- Mark White.
Ric’s dedication to music is the priority in his life and he thoroughly enjoys teaching, performing, conducting, leading bands and musical groups, plus repairing woodwind instruments to their maximum effect. He has played with the likes of the famous Carl Raven, Neil Crossley, Rob Buckland, Jim Fieldhouse and Andy Scott to name a few. Ric has performed at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Roundhouse, in Cathedrals, on TV and won awards for improvisation and jazz.
Ric studied a major in composition during his BMus (Hons) music degree and has produced full original, and original film scores for films like Alien Versus Predator – this is working with picture and music to create a new score to the one in the film. Now Ric writes exercises, studies and pieces for jazz and classical playing to assist his tutoring. His fascination with contemporary music and progressive aspects of the arts makes him produce experimental and exciting pieces that, if desired, his students can also enjoy.
Ric studied a PGCE in Secondary Music Education at Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with The Royal Northern College of Music during which he realized that it was private tuition and not the classroom that he wanted to go into. This was after much experience as a classroom teacher and working in various primary and secondary schools in the Greater Manchester, Tameside and North London areas.
Ric has constantly been taught in the ways of jazz, funk, and improvisation and has been in many lead/team player/solo roles in the past 25 years in swing, jazz, funk, wind bands, concert bands, saxophone quartets, a funk band called Dynamo in Manchester and even played on Songs of Praise. Ric has played on the BBC twice, in tribute bands, organized the music and led the band for the UK’s first dedicated Star Trek wedding(!) and Ric has been invited personally by the Archbishop of Canterbury to perform. Ric also performs in the local community playing for music festivals, carnivals and the annual switching on of Christmas lights. Currently, Ric performs a lot for charities and is also working on his first solo album.
Ric enjoys life as a freelance musician: teaching, session and band performances, repairing and composing. He teaches privately from his home music studio to adults and children alike, runs a student saxophone quartet and jazz band for his students, organises masterclasses, visits primary schools, plans and runs workshops for youth learning music, hire and purchase of woodwind instruments, runs an extensive blog for all his students, does peripatetic teaching and puts 110% passion into everything musical. 2018 will see the start of South Coast Music studios where Ric will lead a team of tutors bringing excellent teaching and orchestras and bands and pop groups to the South Coast of the UK.
This year, Ric has enjoyed performing with Sarisbury Green Big Band on lead Tenor, accepted principal flute in Sound Orchestra and starting a woodwind quintet for private functions and corporate events, as well as performing solo at various events throughout the year. Ric’s commitment to running and conducting his community jazz band for students is growing and he plans to start running other bands as Bursledon Jazz Band is progressing into semi-professional, raising much money for charities throughout the year, such as Asthma UK, Cancer Research, Naomi House and Operation Christmas Child. Ric has plans to form a pop group for contemporary 1920’s jazz brought back to life in 2018!
Ric plays Antigua Pro-One Tenor saxophone TS6200VLQ.
“I cannot rate about this instrument enough, it has grown on me so much in the few months that I’ve had it. And it is now my gigging tenor saxophone. Absolutely stunning!” said by Ric Wood.