Ricky Sweum is a nationally award-winning American jazz saxophonist, recording artist, composer, educator, and music producer. He has recorded ten solo albums, appeared as a sideman on over 30 albums, and has been performing with and leading U.S. Air Force Bands for two decades. Ricky is a P. Mauriat Saxophone Performing Artist.
He has performed for and taught millions of people around the globe in places as wide-ranging as Carnegie Hall in New York City, remote Arctic Circle villages in Alaska, ancient Kabuki theaters in Japan, Muslim boarding schools in Indonesia, and ships cruising through the Caribbean. He has played music for audiences in every U.S. state, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Mexico, and Canada.
Ricky teaches at Colorado College where he directs the Tiger Jazz Ensemble, and teaches saxophone and jazz theory. Ricky holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Music Production from Berklee College of Music where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
As an educator, Ricky’s top students have won scholarships to Berklee College of Music, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, University of Southern California, University of Colorado in Boulder, Lamont School of Music, placements in all-state honor bands, and gone on to become successful musicians and educators at the University and K-12 levels.