I am a professional
musician who has been teaching and playing the last 38 years.
Lesson plans built
around your needs. Many of my students play in County and State
honor bands and have gone on to be professional musicians and
educators. Flexible times and reasonable rates available.
I first started to study music in grade school, where I was introduced
to the trumpet. In high school and through college, I studied
classical trumpet and theory privately for three years with Charles
Daval, three years with Eddie Haug (both of whom were formerly with the
San Francisco symphony) and in 2010 with Mic Gillette, former lead
trumpet with Tower of Power. I have received many awards for solo
competitions. In 1975 and 1976, I participated in a nation wide
audition and was accepted for the America Youth in Concert, which was
sponsored by the Universal Academy for Music, Princeton, New
Jersey. Along with the many local and state honor bands, I was
also presented the award of “Outstanding Musician” at the University of
the Pacific (Stockton) music camp 1976. I earned an associate
arts degree with honors at Cabrillo College.
I have been playing
professionally for the last 36 years. I did have to put my instrument
down for about 15 years due to a severe back injury. In October of 2000
I was the music director and a featured artist in the Native American
Musical “Dancing the Circle”. In 2007, I taught a beginning band class
for Mountain Oaks Charter School at their Pine Grove location. In 2011
and 2012 I ran the beginning band program for Pioneer Elementary and
Jackson Junior High School. In 2008, I played principle trumpet
for the Sierra Symphony. I was also principle trumpet for the
Mother Lode Friends of Music Orchestra during the 2009, 2010, 2011 and
2012 season and was called back in 2016 to be a featured soloist.
I have performed as principal trumpet with “Great Mother Lode Reed
& Brass Band” which is an invitation only band, and the Amador
County Concert band 2010 to 2013. I am a founding member and lead
trumpet in the “Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra” which is an 11 piece
orchestra playing all original arrangements from the 1920’s and 30’s.
Upon moving back to Santa Cruz county in 2012, I was asked to play the
principle chair for South Valley Symphony, which I have been principal
chair ever since that time.
I am the current Brass coach for both Sobrato High school in Morgan
Hill and Martin Murphy middle school, also in Morgan Hill. I teach all
levels of music specializing in brass instruments and starting in Jan,
I will advancing my own skills by studying under James Dooly who was
principal of the San Jose Symphony and is now principal with Symphony
Silicon Valley as well as an on call player with San Fransisco
Symphony. I look to bring many of Jim's teaching techniques to my
I teach all levels
of brass instruments and beginning piano. All ages are welcome.