Ric Yarborough has been playing the drums almost all of his life. After playing in many junior ensembles, he joined the Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra on the drums and percussion when he was 11. Ric studied with many of the top musicians and tutors in Harrogate from the young age of 10 until he was 14. These included Ian Macpherson, Cherry Bratkowski and Jo Williamson. At the age of 14, Ric moved to study music at Chetham's School of Music as a first study percussionist. After Chetham’s, Ric went on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and while in his first year there, he had the privilege of being taught by the phenomenal jazz drummer, Tony Levin. After Tony’s passing, he was taught by Andrew Bain and Clark Tracey. Ric has since graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire and is working on his own projects whilst playing with various other groups and ensembles.
During the summer of 2010, Ric 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 received lessons with Stephen Keogh. 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. 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. 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. Ric is part of the Jazzlines Trio, and helps run the Jazzlines Ensemble.