Eric McGarry – Guitar and Bass Instructor
Eric McGarry is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance with Honors, and a Minor in Music Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology.
Eric grew up in Perkasie, PA, in a family of musicians spanning three generations. His favorite artists growing up included Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Neil Young, and The Who. He began learning guitar in sixth grade and also performed as a saxophonist in his school’s symphonic band and jazz bands. At University of the Arts, he fell in love with jazz music after seeing Kenny Garrett play on a street in North Philadelphia. Today, Eric’s primary focus is in Jazz, and he also performs and teaches contemporary music including Rock, Pop, and Funk.
At UArts, Eric performed with ensembles including the Rhythm Section,Neo Soul, Standard Time, Avant-Garde, Director’s Ensemble, and Arranged Standards, as well as the award wining “Z” Big Band, in which he held the guitar chair. He has also worked for the Theater Group “The Red 40” as the guitarist for their original musical “The Best Songs in the World.”
Eric performs regularly in the Philadelphia area as a guitarist and composer. He is currently a band leader performing his original music at Chris’ Jazz Cafe with the Eric McGarry Quartet.