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Ric Flauding: About Ric

The Nashville Session

This video features Ric's recording session at Sunset Blvd Studios in Nashville with five of the country's top session and recording artists, producing the background and rhythm track for his jazz arrangement of the song, "Amazing Grace."


This 7-minute video features short clips from recording sessions and live performances over several years. In one segment, pictured above, Ric is working at guitarist Dave Mustaine's studio in Arizona.


Ric Flauding is a uniquely gifted artist, composer, arranger, and performer. He has been called a "poet without words" because of the poignant emotional content of his music. From songs like "Soft and Gentle," "By Myself," "Elizabeth's Dream," and "Last Snowfall for Big Bear," to the more dramatic pieces such as "Camino de Santiago," "Moonlit," and a whole new series of compositions for "little big band," Ric's music touches us deeply and stirs an incredible range of feelings.

Ric Flauding began his music career while still in high school in Southern California. Born on Ground Hog Day in 1954, Ric was one of more than a dozen well known jazz, rock, and blues guitarists born in that influential decade. As his talent emerged, he was able to study with the legendary jazz guitarists Barney Kessel, Horace Hatchett, and Ted McKown, as well as flamenco guitarist Ricardo de Escobal. Before long he was recognized as one of the most sought after session guitarists in Orange County and the Los Angeles studios.


Ric’s interests weren’t 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 Roy Harris, Halsey Stevens, and Leonard Stein. Meanwhile, a stint with Yale Video Productions led to a meeting with sound engineer Richard Fischer, and the two 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, songwriter, and featured guitarist. He is a graduate of the UCLA Film Scoring Progarm and has produced dozens of commercial projects, and several of his original scores have been featured in television and film productions. Ric has recorded with artists such as David Benoit, John Patitucci, Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields, Russell Ferrante, Wayne Bergeron and many others, and performed with Bob James, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Michel Camilo.


Currently Ric teaches music performance and jazz improv at Weatherford College, in Texas. He works with the jazz studies program and has completed compositions and arrangements for the WC Jazz Band, and also teaches privately at his studio and online with students in the U.S. and various foreign countries.

On top of everything else, Ric Flauding is a much sought-after clinician, adjudicator, guest performer and conductor for festivals, workshops, and jazz studies programs in colleges, universities, and other music programs.

This website offers a sample of Ric Flauding's music and his career as a performer. For more information about Ric, please feel free to check out his listing on Wikipedia. To get in touch with Ric and Flauding Music, please visit the contact page on this website.

CLIENT LIST / Performance & Commissions


London Symphony

Fort Worth Symphony

ABC Family Television

CBS Television

ABC Television

NBC Televison

New World Television

TBN Television

Gary Coleman Productions

Oprah (John Gray Series)

Lifeway Publishing


Brentwood (BCI/Eclipse)

Benson Publishing

Columbia Pictures Publications

Brave New Music

Son-Key Publishing

Cherith Publishing

Chapman Music

Maranatha Music

Campus Crusade (RPI Records)

Oregon Catholic Press

Crawford Broadcasting

Yale Video Productions

ASCAP Awards

Billboard Song Contest Awards

Ace Award

Film Advisory Board Award

American Song Festival

Spindletop Records

K-Tel Records

Rising Star Records


Crabtree & Evelyn

Heavy Hitters Music Library

Network Music Library

Signature Music Library

Audio Environments Inc.

Art Vittarelli Productions

Jim Ryerson Productions

Elimidate television show

Minirth-Myers Clinics

San Juan Capistrano Historical Society

Sky Angel Television

Praise Charts

Camp Kirkland / John Gage Conference



Lorenz Publishing

Texas Boychoir

The Worship Channel

Faith Television

U.S. Government Radio PSAs

American Airlines

United Airlines

Kath & Kim (NBC)

All My Children

One Life To Live

The Young And The Restless

Creator Magazine

LA Worldport Triahlon

Euro Disney

Alexander Publishing

Robert Becker (New York String Quartet)

Carl's Jr. Restaurants

UCI Irvine


John Kerwin Productions



Jane Chastain Radio



Weatherford Collegte

Biola University

Southwestern Seminary

College Of The Desert

University of California at Irvine

Golden West College

WyzAnt Tutoring

Fullerton Community College

Music Maker Workshops (conservatory)

Crystal Cathedral Academy



David Benoit

Rique Pantoja

John Patitucci

Abe Laborial

Alex Acuna

Justo Almario

Brandon Fields

Eric Marienthal

Jay Mason

Russell Ferrante

Paulinho Da Costa

Jeff Kashiwa

Michael Landau

John Ferraro

Jimmy Earl

Frank Gambale

Dave Hooper

Paul Brown

Rick Braun

Jim Brickman

Greg Vail

Lorie Line

Danny Wright

Brian Kilgore

Pat Kelley

Tim Heintz

Gavin Radio

R&R Radio

New Horizons Radio

Wayne Bergeron

Pedro Eustache

Eric Darken

Paul Jackson Jr.

Jason Webb

Stockton Helbing

Mark Baldwin

John Hammond

The Martin Brothers

Bob Parr

Larnelle Harris

Kelly Willard

Michelle Pillar

Bob James

Michel Camilo

Richard Elliot

John Andrew Shriner

Scott Wesley Brown

Dave Mustaine (Metallica/Megadeth)

Pat Boone

Dave Thrush

Johnny Mann Singers

Azusa Pacific University

Keith Green

Bradley James

Christian Jazz Artists

Marvin Matthews

Rhapsody Music


Cathy Rigby

Will Teague (New Christy Minstrels)

Love & Laughter Music

Hal Leonard

Casierra Music

Dan Troxell

Trompe L’ Oreille Records

International Children’s Chorus

Johnnie Carl

Sherry Lewis

Roger Williams

Phil Marshall

Michael Tavera

Michael Boddicker

Invincible Music

WM Studios (Wade Martin)

Sherry Finzer

Great Scores London


Kennedale High School

Jeffrey Wells (Metropolitan Opera)

Master Chorale (SWBTS)

Chamber Singers (SWBTS)

New Sound (SWBTS)

Fort Worth Civic Orchestra (SWBTS)

20/21 New Music Concert (SWBTS)

Demo Check (Film Music Magazine)

Kirk Kirkland Singers

Randy Adams (Adam Sound)

BB Kings (LA)

Great American Music Hall

Magic Mountain

Sea World (San Diego)

The Coach House

Uncle Festive

And more than 300 foreign music albums (Vietnamese, French, Brazilian)



Saddleback Church / Lake Forest, California

The Crystal Cathedral / Garden Grove, California

Coast Hills Community Church / Aliso Viejo, California

Downey Baptist Church / Downey, California

Scottsdale Bible Church / Arizona

Grace Community Church / Arizona

Phoenix Seminary / Arizona

Phoenix First Assembly / Arizona

Calvary Chapel / Various Congregations

Crossroads Church / Mansfield, Texas

Walnut Ridge Baptist Church / Mansfield, Texas

Travis Avenue Baptist / Fort Worth, Texas

All Saints Lutheran Church / Arlington, Texas


COMMISSIONS (Partial List)

Robert Becker (Violist, New York String Quartet) / “Passacaglia & Fugue” for Viola & Piano

University of California at Irvine / Duos for Violin & Viola

Jeffrey Wells (Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone soloist, performing with the Fort Worth Symphony)

Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California / Arrangements for Choir & Orchestra.

NRG! Flute Duo / Multiple arrangements for flute artists Tina Beaton and Sherry Finzer

The Hour of Power Television Program and the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California (numerous arrangements for choir and orchestra)

Weatherford College Jazz Band / Compositions and arrangements for "Little Big Band"