Master Degree: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Bachelor Degree: University of Nevada Las Vegas
UNLV - Full ride scholarship
UNLV - Graduate Assistant recipient (Arnold Shaw Foundation)
2010 winner - Best of "The KNOT"
Downbeat Magazine feature for duet recorded with Wayne Bergeron
I'm a caring and passionate trumpeter, arranger and musician who has been working full time in the industry for 20 years. Graduating from the University of Nevada Las Vegas was an outstanding experience with some of the best instructors and I obtained dual Bachelors degrees in Music Education & Trumpet Performance and a Masters degree in Jazz studies. During my time in Las Vegas I was in the Wayne Newton Orchestra for 5 years, toured the country with Latin groups, played 1000's of gigs from Las Vegas Strip productions to weddings to clubs to TV. I've been the Music Director for countless bands and artists and I have a music arranging side business where I have around 300 custom arrangements for many styles of music and different sizes of groups. I've also traveled much of the world as a Music Director for Carnival Cruise Line for over two years.
I've been teaching private lessons for approximately 20 years with ages spanning from beginner to Performance Majors in College. In fact I was an adjunct Professor at Snow College in Utah for five years which is a Julliard affiliated program. While there, I was a primary consultant on the development of their Commercial Music Business Degrees. My teaching method for trumpet fundamentals is directly based off of the Bobby Shew method from whom I studied one full year. Bobby Shew is unanimously revered as the "Yoda" of the trumpet. A Jazz legend; the biggest names in the business go to seek his help when they encounter issues in their playing. As a teacher/educator I love to see progress from my students, but I think the thing that brings me the most joy and satisfaction is to see excitement and passion develop and expressed from students as they discover the beautiful layers of enrichment that music has to offer to their lives.
With the trumpet it is extremely important to avoid developing bad habits and to implement proper technique in order for appropriate muscle memory to set in. At any level it is important to ensure that proper technique is understood and implemented. These techniques take a personal touch from a seasoned professional to assess and explain. To further develop a solid foundation of sound fundamentals I work incrementally out of the Arban's & Clark technique books. (As well as others) These books cover all aspects of a fundamentally sound trumpet player in an enjoyable way with progressively more challenging exercises. Note: Books are provided in conjunction with long-term lessons. As an expert in jazz improvisation, Salsa, Top 40, Pop & arranging I'm also happy to include these elements into the learning experience. I use a lot of media sources as learning guides and introduce my students to a plethora of information which they can learn from, use to practice and serve as sources of inspiration.
As an educator my goal and ambition isn't necessarily to develop future professional musicians. (although I'm happy to do so) For me the more important and rewarding factor is assisting in growing a flame of a passion, love & understanding of music & performance into a wild fire! I feel the world is a better place the more people who have a first hand understanding and appreciation for the arts. Students do tend to have a better experience the better they get ,so I do my best to inspire them to develop a passion for music/trumpet/jazz, whatever it is that "lights their fire". It's something that can stay with them their entire lives as well as add confidence overall.