A 29 year old native of Palm Bay, FL, Richard Garcia is a rapidly growing award-winning jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator. His passion for music and positive outlook on life are just the beginning of what this music enthusiast may offer. His love for this art was initiated in middle school where he began by playing clarinet. As the years went on, a bop schooled saxophonist was in the making. At a young age, Richard was becoming a successful performer and leader of music.

He showed great drive in the creation of music while always encouraging and enlightening his fellow musicians along the way. He attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in jazz studies under the direction of the university’s prestigious faculty including; Bunky Green, Todd Delgiudice, Lynne Arriale, Barry Green, Dennis Marks, J.B. Scott, and Dave Steinmeyer to name a few.

Photographer: Jessica Carlton Thomas

Music has always been a way of life. It has come from life experiences, with gaining or losing loved ones. I strive to continuously discover my deepest and truest feelings through music and share them with everyone.

  While attending UNF, he was awarded and recognized for his achievements as well as for maintaining the top Jazz ensemble’s lead alto position for three consecutive years. During this time, he was presented with immense opportunity leading him that much closer to his life goals. Richard has had the honor of performing with jazz legends such as; Danilo Perez, The Dizzy All-Star Band including the Heath Brothers, Mulgrew Miller, Bunky Green, Carmen Bradford, The Clayton Brothers, Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, Terrance Blanchard, Marcus Printup, Maria Schneider, Donny McCaslin, Scotty Barnhart, Richard Stolzman and many more.

  Richard Garcia was accepted to the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston on scholarship where he had the honor to study with Jerry Bergonzi, Miguel Zenon(MacArthur Fellowship recipient) and Donny McCaslin. During Richards time at NEC he was selected to perform in premier ensembles directed by todays leading jazz artist including; The NEC Jazz Orchestra under the direction of the departments chair Ken Schaphorst, The Jazz Composers Workshop lead by Frank Carlberg, and smaller ensembles lead by world renowned instrumentalist Jerry Bergonzi, John Mcneil, and Jason Moran (MacArthur Fellowship recipient). Inspired to become involved with NEC’s academic community; Richard began teaching jazz band saxophonist sections at NEC’s prep school. In addition, he took on the role of Teacher’s Assistant for Brian Levy’s Undergraduate Jazz history class. Richard has also been a guest artist for Clarke University in order to lecture on selected jazz history topics as well as to perform.  Since his move to Boston in pursuance of his degree, Richard has established himself as a performer ranging from involvement in musicals to performing at various venues with his own jazz quartet. Richard is also the lead alto in, “Dan Gabel’s Abletones”, recently having had performed at the Inaugural Ball of Massachusetts for the recently elected Governor, Charlie Baker.

   As of May 2015, Richard graduated NEC’s Jazz Master’s program. During his time in Boston he
performed all over New England with various ensembles as well as teaching saxophone, composition
and arranging lessons at Boston College, Westwood High school’s Prodigy School of Music and Jammin’
With You.

  In addition to these endeavors Mr. Garcia has always devoted his
abilities to helping students not only in America but pushing for the world. In August 2015 he had the
pleasure of touring and teaching in Costa Rica as part of a mission to deliver quality Jazz education to underprivileged students.

  In 2016 Richard released his debut album entitled, “Don’t Look Back” and production by New
York saxophonist Michael Thomas.

  Currently he resides in Newport News, VA as a member of the elite United States Air Force Heritage of America Band performing along the east coast, US.

  Richard’s lifelong goal is to share every bit of his passion for music with the world, to touch hearts with beautiful, warming melodies, and to encourage and invest in the future students with everything he has learned and that has been instilled with him. His desire to travel in order to share and learn music is just a stepping stone for what this musician has planned for the future of world music.