Richard J.

Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Guitar

Richard is currently studying at the University of South Florida and pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. He has been playing bass for six years and has been privileged to study under several well-established bassists in the area, including Dee Moses (Principal Bassist of the Florida Orchestra), Mark Neuenschweander (University of South Florida Jazz Bass Professor), and T.J. Glowacki (bass professor at Hillsborough Community College). Richard performs in the University of South Florida Jazz Ensemble and in the USF Orchestra, and was honored as Performer of the Semester in Jazz while studying at the university. Mr. Jimenez has also been a member of the Hillsborough Community College Big Band, and has performed for Moffit Cancer Center, the USF Alumni House, and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. In addition to classical studies, Richard enjoys playing bass for local venues, and has been fortunate to collaborate with musicians as a part of two local rock bands called Lush Progress and Radio Amp.

"The most important thing I can teach my students is musicality. The best part of that one important facet of creating music, is that it is a consistent drive that helps students, including myself, continue to be encouraged to learn more about the endless world that is music." -Richard Jimenez