He was a member of the All City, All State Band and the recipient of the John Philip Sousa award as a senior. While attending the University of Texas at El Paso he was honored as Outstanding Freshman and was named most Spirited Bandsman three years in a row. He received his degree in Special Education while continuing his music studies and was very involved with performing ensembles in
the Fine Arts Department.
His professional music career reads like a who's-who in the music community. He has performed with a wide variety of musical greats such as David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Mann, Chuck Berry, Mose Allison, Chris Calloway, Regina Carter, Herb Ellis and Richie Cole to name a few.
Ricky was the co-founder of the performing and recording group Yoboso. The ensemble toured throughout the United States, Mexico and Australia. Yoboso was named The Instrumental Winner in the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Jazz Discovery competition.
Ricky is currently performing with Stefan Schyga in a "World Beat" guitar and percussion trio, X.O. and Ruben Gutierrez and the Latin Jazz Exchange. His new jazz quartet the "MALICHI FOUR" is a fresh and
exciting musical group on the scene that will be recording and touring.
Malichi's accomplishments are wide, varied and are truly a tribute to the Performing Arts and Educational Systems. When he is not performing Ricky teaches a loyal group of private students. He also takes his talent and expertise into the public schools as a clinician and an adjudicator. Ricky is also teaching a select group of drum set students at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Spaun Drum Co. has just added him to their artist roaster as an endorser. Spaun drums are hand crafted custom made drums which are incredible instruments. He will be playing Spaun drums exclusively and offers clinics in cities across the country and abroad. His dedication to teaching has been acknowledged by many. Percussion School.Com a Multi-Media web-site has brought him aboard as one of their artist. The site provides an unlimited amount of information and insight about drums and percussion. Ricky will be producing on going drum set (video) lesson for beginner and intermediate students.
Ricky Malichi is an accomplished musician who can adapt to any musical setting. He provides any musical ensemble with the talent and consistency to produce outstanding performances. His solos are unique, musical and masterfully executed. Ricky has definitely found himself one with his instrument and what a joy it is to hear and to see.