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2017 - DePaul School of Music Merit Scholarship
I am a Chicago-based freelance Trombonist who recently graduated from DePaul University in 2021. Since I began my college career in Chicago, my professional music career started up simultaneously. Since 2017, I've played in a wide variety of ensembles around town. These ensembles / genres include: Wedding Bands, Jazz, Big Band, Classical, Funk, Hip-Hop, Afrobeat, Salsa, Rap, House, Fusion and more. I currently play in a few bands around town including: the Nasty Snacks, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Las Calaveras LD, Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra, and my own jazz trio.
I was fortunate enough to receive partial scholarship to attend the DePaul University School of Music and concentrate my work there in Jazz Studies. During my time at the university, I had the opportunity to broaden my perspective on the trombone by studying with several of the trombone faculty. I spent most of my time working with Tim Coffman, but was able to work with composer and arranger, Thomas Matta, and Charles Vernon, the bass trombonist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, I studied with other jazz faculty instrumentalists such as Denis Carroll and Jim Trompeter. These mentorships gave me a perspective on music performance from the rhythm section. As a result of these diversified studies, I have a well rounded view not only in the pedagogical approach to the trombone, but on the jazz idiom as well.
It is important to have a broadened perspective of what it means to be a well rounded musician while having concentrated study in a specific genre or idiom. In my lessons, I strive to cover the major elements required to be a successful trombonist or musician in not only the jazz idiom, but the general music industry as a whole. These subjects include: sight reading, music theory, aural training, music listening, improvisation, composition, arranging, basic music notation, basic music recording techniques, historical and cultural contextualization, music entrepreneurship, and performance edict. At the end of a four year period, I expect my students to have a comprehensive understanding of all of these topics. I strive to inspire the musicians of the future with this style and level of teaching. My goal is for these students to be set on a trajectory that can place them at the same level of playing as myself.
My philosophy with teaching my students is that they should learn in an environment where they truly feel that they are not only retaining information that I provide, but are gaining insight as to how to develop their own sense of creativity and problem solving skills. I envision my students’ learning by acquiring pieces to their tool belt, bits at a time. They then take this kit out into their own lives, uniquely building their own future into whatever passions they pursue further. Most importantly, this process should be exciting and fun, developing not only an understanding, but a passion for music.
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