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Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Flute, Upright bass.


Rico Southee is a professional guitarist, music educator and independent recording artist from New York State who has been performing for over 30 years and teaching for more than 20 years. He was a jazz, rock, pop, solo guitarist with the 502nd Air Force Band, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi Mississippi, from 1984-1986, the United States Air Force Europe Band, Einsiedlerhof Germany, from 1986-1992, the 530th Air Force Band, Atlanta Georgia, from 1993-1994, touring the southern United States, Dominican Republic, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Crete, Portugal, Sardinia, Turkey and the Middle East. He then moved to Florida from Germany and studied recording engineering and musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) at Full Sail University Orlando in 1992, jazz guitar performance with Jack Peterson, jazz performance workshops with Dianne Reeves, Dave Brubeck, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Kenny Burrell, Count Basie Orchestra with Frank Foster, Bunky Green and jazz music theory at the University of North Florida Jacksonville from 1993-1995 to include live sound engineering and digital sampling theory at Kingston Polytechnic, London England.

After leaving Florida, he moved back to Germany and then to England, working as a professional guitarist performing hotels, clubs, corporate events, festivals and concerts with jazz, fusion, funk, soul, pop and rock bands. He was also the guitar instructor for the Ramstein Community Center, Ramstein Air Force Base Germany, from 1995-2007, RAF Mildenhall Community Center and RAF Lakenheath Community Center England, from 2007-2010, along with teaching privately at his home studio. As an independent recording artist, he has composed, recorded, produced and promoted four of his own CDs via performances with his band “Acoulectric” in Europe from 1998-2008. He then moved to Colorado Springs Colorado, working as a jazz and blues guitarist, taught students at Peterson Air Force Base Youth Center, the Colorado Springs Conservatory of Music, Lucci Music and again with his own private guitar students from 2010-2016. In April 2016 he moved back to England to teach at the RAF Mildenhall Community Center, RAF Lakenheath Community Center, perform and record music for future CDs and teach private students at his home studio. So whether hes opening up for the Neville Brothers at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Florida, the Temptations in Germany, performing at the Vienna De Castello Jazz Festival Portugal or playing with great musicians such as sax player Sam Rivers, drummer David “Fingers” Haynes, alto sax player Derrick James, flute player Burdette Becks, singer Lisa Kelly–you will find a professional guitarist who will give nothing more than his absolute best to every performance, on stage or in the studio.


Screen name:
Member since:
Apr 25 2016
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:


Checkout my music at:
ricosouthee, itunes, amazon or most online stores.

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:


Professional Equipment