I am a brass, voice and percussion artist and teacher, local to the Pomona area, specializing in many styles such as Classical, Jazz, and Pop. I am a tuba player at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim performing in numerous ensembles throughout the park. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Tuba Performance from CSU Sacramento and I am currently pursuing my master's degree in tuba performance at Azusa Pacific University. At APU I am involved in many ensembles including the top jazz band, wind ensemble, graduate quintet, vocal jazz, and am the Assistant director of the Blackout Marching Band (APU). During my time in Sacramento I held the position of Principal Tuba for the Folsom Symphony for the 2009 - 2011 seasons. I was also the lead trombone for the Harley White Jr. Jazz Orchestra as well as Element Brass Band. In addition, I was privileged to win multiple downbeat awards with the Sacramento State Jazz Singers where I sung bass and was often a featured soloist. I am featured as the bass singer in Selfless Cold and Composed on the Ben Folds' College a cappella album released in 2009. As well, I have been given the great opportunity to play in several professional drum lines (most notably that of the San Francisco 49ers "Niner Noise" and Golden State Warriors aftershock". In March 2010 I became the first tuba player win CSU Sacramento’s classical concerto competition. Fluent on many instruments and in a wide variety of genres I have served on the music staffs at various drum corps and high school marching band programs around the state including Blue Devils "B", Sacramento Mandarins, Amador Valley HS, as well as teaching privately for several years. I use my wide variety of musical knowledge, to provide each student with the opportunity to succeed in many unique ways via a positive, encouraging environment.
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I believe that each student has a chance to succeed in music. Through my years, I have found that improvement must be at the student's pace with encouragement and guidance to strive for greater excellence to reach maximum efficiency. As a music teacher it is my job to help each student figure out what his or her goals are and, together, find which approach works best for you! For many students, this may includes an academic and methodical approach, while others may prefer to explore their creativity in a less formal setting, emphasizing improvisational techniques. All in all, I aim to help each student achieve success however he/she may choose to define that.
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Studio room w/ keyboard, all brass, and waiting room seating for parents.
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Instrument, Lesson Book if nec.
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I specialize in all types of music including but not limited too Jazz, Classical, and Pop performance. As well I am quite well versed in Classical and Jazz theory due to an extensive background in both genres.