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Ric's Bio



Ric Flauding is a uniquely gifted composer, arranger, and performer. He has been called a "poet without words" because of the dramatic emotional content of his music. From songs like "Heart Dancer," "By Myself," "Janel’s Prayer," and "Last Snowfall for Big Bear," to the more dramatic orchestral pieces such as “Rejoice,” "Moonlit," "Camino de Santiago," and the powerful “Amazing Grace,” and the new compositions for "little big band," Ric's music touches us deeply and stirs an incredible range of feelings.

      Ric began his music career while still in high school. He is one of more than a dozen well known jazz, rock, blues, and classical guitarists to come out of Southern California in that influential era. As his talent emerged, Ric was able to study with legendary jazz guitarists Barney Kessel, Horace Hatchett, and Ted McKown, as well as flamenco guitarist Ricardo de Escobal. Before long he was one of the most sought after session guitarists in Orange County and the Los Angeles studios. 


Ric’s interests were not limited to performance, however, and he studied composition, theory and other academic topics with Dr. Albert Harris, Bryant McKernan, John Shaffer Smith, Dr. Peter Odegard, Tom Kubis and others, and took additional private lessons with celebrated composers such as Roy Harris, Halsey Stevens, and Leonard Stein.


Meanwhile, a stint with Yale Video Productions led to a meeting with sound engineer John Fischer, and together they produced Ric's first album, "Refuge," which was widely reviewed with airplay on top New Age and Breeze Network stations. Since the early 1990s Ric’s recordings have brought him recognition as a composer, arranger, and orchestrator.

      Ric earned an ASCAP scholarship to the UCLA Film Scoring program and has produced dozens of video, film, and mixed-media projects. Several of his original scores have been featured in television, film, and documentary productions. Ric has recorded with artists such as David Benoit, John Patitucci, Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields, Russell Ferrante, and many others, and performed with guitar greats such as Bob James, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Michel Camilo. 


Currently Ric teaches performance, composition and performance to students from his Texas studios, and also writes for band and orchestra performances. He teaches online with advanced students in the U.S. and various foreign countries. On top of everything else, Ric has served as clinician, adjudicator, and conductor for festivals and workshops, and his arrangement of "O Sacred Head" was performed at the Vatican in 2018. Ric also serves as Music Director at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo, Texas.