Biography (March 2003)
Richbourg, Rick (Richard P.), guitarist, jazz composer; b. Pensacola, FL, April 12, 1955. Rick is married to Jeanne Varley Richbourg and now resides in Orlando FL, the rest of his family still lives in Pensacola. His father (born Earl Wayne Richbourg, 1924) is an avid had jazz enthusiast and mother (born Mary Alyce McNabb,1932-1992) was a former tap and jazz-dance instructor. Rick had piano lessons from age 10-11 and began playing drums in the junior high school marching band. Rick continued to play drums and percussion in both the high school Marching and Concert bands. He studied music theory in John B. Eddy in 1971 and then taught himself how to play the guitar. By 1972 he played guitar in the Jazz ensemble at Woodham High School. After studying jazz guitar privately with Frank Montenero, be began performing supper-club, jazz and rock gigs locally. In 1975, Rick enrolled in the Music Department at Pensacola Junior College, where in 1976 he respected Dr. Robert Whitmore's suggestion to attended Berklee. He graduated Berklee College of Music 1978 where he earned a BA in Composition. In addition to his jazz fusion compositions, Rick has also written traditional music pieces including: a Symphonic Tone Poem for full Orchestra, a Piano Sonata and works in smaller forms. Since the late 1970's Rick has instructed college bound students in both jazz guitar and music theory.