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MM, SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Studio Composition BM, University of British Columbia, Trombone Performance
- first call assistant/utility trombone with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Banff Opera, Southern Alberta Opera - substitute playing with the 'Count Basie Orchestra Big Band' - jazz festivals in band of: Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, - played in backup bands for: Doc Severinson, The O'Jays, Rosemary Clooney, Allan Vizutti - CBC Tv/Radio, Calgary Internation Jazz Festival, Edmonton Int. Jazz Festival - New York big band of: Lew Anderson Big Band, Vince Giordano's 'Nighthawks', Stan Rubin Orchestra - New York State Council on the Arts - Composition Grant for a ballet composed for 'Ice Theatre of New York' - original compositions for film heard on PBS, various international Film festivals - original compositions for dance heard at: Dance Place (NYC), Wave Hill (NYC), St Marks (NYC), Merce Cunningham Studios (NYC)
As a professional trombone player for 30 years, I've played in every type of music ensemble imaginable. From the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, to subbing in the Count Basie Big Band, to playing with the O'Jays, Doc Severinson, in the pits of touring Broadway show productions (South Pacific, Camelot, Company), radio and TV work in Canada, rock bands, playing in International Jazz Festivals in Canada and the US (with Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Sweden's Erik Lundmark), and numerous Latin bands and big bands in New York city (Vince Giordano, Lew Anderson, Stan Rubin)....
I'm still playing and composing in Maryland, and am working with D.C's top wedding /show band 'Amaretto' (Washinton's Best Musicians agency, David Fletcher). Having returned from being back in Canada the past 3 years composing and producing music, I'm excited to be back here and to be helping create music in the community I live in. I believe that this is an important time, in that we experienced musicians must contribute to the communities in which we live in order to maintain a vibrant culture of the arts in all it's forms. Our youth have to see and know that live music and the performing arts are and should just be a natural part of all our lives.
Teaching: - was full time Music Instructor at 'Notre Dame Academy', Middleburg VA and 'Country Day School', Kearneysville WV - adjunct professor at Shepherd University, WV teaching 'Music History/Appreciation', 'Music Composition', 'Sound Design'; Frederick Comm. College teaching 'Music and Technology' - years of private music studio teaching - guest adjudicator for Alberta Provincial High School Jazz Festivals; Eastern West Virginia High School Jazz Festival
Whether beginners, high school students, or adults who keep up their trombone playing, I work with the method books that school students already have and will always augment their books with my own warmup and practice handouts as well as having each student keep a Music Dictation book with them so that I can make special notes and comments for each individual student....because we all have different needs at our various levels of musical growth. I always get each student realizing that they, too, can improvise to easy jazz or rock scales with play-along recordings. This is a lot of fun, and a great way to learn how to play trombone and learn scales as well, which are truly fundamental to mastering the trombone. I'll play duets with my students, as they must have a 'model' for sound and technique.
I've been fortunate to have had trombone lessons with some of the greatest players in the USA and Canada. NYC - Dave Taylor, Jim Pugh, masterclasses with Joe Alessi and Ed Neumeister Toronto - Ian McDougall (former lead trombone of the Boss Brass); Jerry Johnson (Maynard Ferguson) Vancouver - Dave Robbins (former lead trombone of the Harry James Big Band and former LA studio musician during the 'heyday' of recording work in the 50's and 60's. These teachers left great impressions on me, and not a day goes by when I don't think of something that one of them said to me or pointed out to me in a lesson. They all had there own warmup exercises and practice routines that they in turn picked up from there previous teachers. I have a lot of information to pass on! And...I'm still practicing every day...working on some aspect of music making and trombone playing. Dave Taylor said it best: "It's about the process....you have to love the process....it's about music in the end." He didn't care what trombone or mouthpiece I played, as long as kept searching to find the best equipment that works 'for me' and keep working on the 'trombone process' in order to be able to create music and express yourself to the best of your ability.
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