Ric Yarborough has been playing the drums since the age of 2 years old, though he started lessons at the age of 7, and studied with many of the top musicians and tutors in Harrogate from the age of 10 until he was 14. These included Ian Macpherson, Cherry Bratkowski and Jo Williamson. At the age of 14, Ric moved to Chetham´s School of Music as a first study percussionist.
At Chetham’s, he studied with Dave Hassell for almost 3 years and then continued his studies with Dave Walsh. He has also studied latin percussion with Sophie Hastings, covering many aspects of Brazilian and Cuban music. Over the years, Ric has developed skills in all styles of music, playing in various ensembles, including Samba Groups, Funk Bands, Big Bands, Jazz Trios, Quartets and Quintets.
Ric then went on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and while in his first year there, he had the privilege of being taught by the jazz drummer, Tony Levin. After Tony’s passing, he was taught by Andrew Bain and Clark Tracy.
In 2010, Ric´s quartet won the Cork Jazz Futures competition, and was asked to return for the 2011 Cork Jazz Festival, where he played with the same group. More recently, Ric has supported musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Jamie Cullum and TrioVD with his own guitar trio, Threenil, whilst also performing with Chris Potter at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2012, and playing in workshops with Dave O’Higgins, and Dave Binney. He has also helped run a series of workshops with many great educators, including Abram Wilson and Jason Yarde, and as a result of this, was asked to be a member of staff on the Jazzlines Summer School 2012, 2013 and has been asked back for summer 2014.
His music has taken him to many places around the country such as Harrogate, Manchester, Birmingham and London, but also abroad to Ireland, Jersey, Italy, France and Australia. He has played at the Orleans Jazz Festival, where he played in a Trio as a support act for the world famous Jamie Cullum. During the summer of 2010, Richard received a scholarship to the Global Music Foundation summer course in Certaldo, Italy, where he played with many musicians including Barry Green, Edward Simon, Arnie Somogyi and also recieved lessons with Steven Keogh.