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BME, Winthrop University 1985 MM, UNC Greensboro 1987 - Trumpet Performance
1984 Lead Trumpet in South Carolina All Star Jazz Band led by Dizzy Gillespie1984-85 Adjunct Trumpet Teacher in the Coverse College Early College Program1985-87 Graduate Teaching Assitant UNC Greensboro2003 Performed at the Carolina Beach Music Awards at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC 2004 Lead trumpet backup band for Percy Sledge
Even though I received my Masters degree in Trumpet Performance 30 years ago I have remained an active player in classical, big band, musical theater and church settings and enjoy sharing my experience and teaching backgrounds to inspire and motivate trumpet students of all ages. While music is not my vocation I have enjoyed playing and teaching privately as my avocation/hobby for more than 30 years. My wife is a retired elementary school music teacher and both my children are involved in music as well.
I began teaching students in earnest during my senior year of undergraduate school in 1984-85. Prior to graduate school I was an adjunct trumpet teacher at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Part of my graduate assistantship was as an instructor and since graduation I have helped a number of students from beginner to intermediate level achieve their goals in both classical and non classical settings. I have played professionally in a number of different touring groups as well as played in backup bands for national and international artists. I believe that being an active performer translates to my teaching style. While the listing only shows standard Bb Trumpet I also own and perform on both the Flugelhorn & Piccolo Trumpet.
For beginner and even some intermediate students I like the Sigmund Hering Method. I also love Embouchure Builder by Lowell Little. For high school players I like to introduce more solo material and advanced method books including The Claude Gordon Systematic Approach and books by Charles Colin, Earl Irons and Herbert Clarke. While i believe there are certain basic of play the trumpet that are accepted worldwide i do not believe there is only one correct method and encourage my students to incorporate several methods to create their own personal sound.
I like to say that while I have a very methodical and systematic approach to teaching that I am also relaxed and laid back. I never want my students to fear their lesson. While I expect progress for the serious student I also fully recognize the limitations and conflicts of "life getting in the way". I am a big proponent of giving compliments whenever possible. I am not a cookie cutter teacher in that I can adapt my teaching style to meet the needs and goals of the student. Let's make some music.
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