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 for three years with Charles Daval and three years
with Eddie Haug (both of whom were formerly with the San Francisco
symphony) and most recently, with Mic Gillette, former lead trumpet
with Tower of Power. I have received many awards, including the
John Philip Souza Award, plus 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 have been playing
professionally for the last 36 years. After earning an associate
arts degree with honors, I co-conducted the Dance Band Reflections
from 1979 through 1981. In 1982, my brother and I formed the Dance
Orchestra Fantasy, which we led and conducted for three years.
In October of 2000 I was the Music Director and a featured artist
in the Native American Musical "Dancing the Circle".
From 1976 until present, I have continued to teach music privately
and play with too many groups to list.
In 2007 I was hired
by the Calaveras County Office of Education to teach a beginning
band class for Mountain Oaks School at their Pine Grove location,
and for school year 2010-2011, 2011-2012 I ran the beginning band
for Pioneer Elementary and Jackson Junior High School through a grant
as a feeder program for our one district music teacher until
funding for additional teachers could be restored.
In 2008 I was hired to play principle Trumpet for the Sierra Symphony's
Butterfly Pop's concert. I have played principle Trumpet for the
Mother Lode Friends of Music Orchestra during the 2009, 2010,
2011 and the 2012 season. Some of the other bands that I participate
in and sit 1st chair or lead are the "South Bay Swing Band",
"Great Mother Lode Reed & Brass Band" which is an
invitation only band, and the Amador County Concert band 2010
to 2013. Also in 2008 my brother and I started the "Speakeazy
Jazz Orchestra" www.speakeazyjazz.com which is an 11 piece
orchestra playing all original arrangements from the 1920's and
30's. I was asked to play principal trumpet with South Valley
Symphony for the 2013, 14, 15
season, I continue to hold that position. I was a featured soloist with South Valley symphony 2015.
In 2014 till present I started playing solo cornet with Pacific
Brass which is a british style brass band.
I teach all levels
of brass instruments and beg - intermediate Woodwinds. All ages are welcome.