- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
I was born in Port Jefferson, New York in April of 1988 and received my first toy guitar when I was two years old. After subsequent years of piqued interest in anything that made sound, I moved to my uncle's house in Florida where I took informal piano lessons from a cousin at age 8. I found my musical voice when taking up the alto saxophone in middle school band at age 12, teaching myself to play and write along the way. In high school I began taking saxophone lessons with a local college student, and proceeded to participate in several County- and State-wide ensembles. My academic background now includes study with Dr. George Weremchuk, Robert Thornton, Richard Drexler & Jeff Rupert at UCF and then with Neal Bonsanti & Mike Brignola at FAU, graduating on scholarship with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 2011. I received my graduate degree in Music Composition in 2016, providing graduate teaching assistantship at USF under direction of Chuck Owen and Jack Wilkins.
I have performed locally alongside such amazing artists as Lou Donaldson, Rufus Reid, Steve Houghton, Maria Schneider, Diane Schuur, Kevin Mahogany, Ricardo Pons, Donny McCaslin, Charlie Young, Dolores King Williams, Bob Marley's Original Wailers, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin and Wayne Bergeron, and frequent as a sideman in local bands and jam sessions. I have been featured with numerous Big Bands across Florida, including the UCF, FAU & USF Big Bands, the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, the "Jazz Ratz", the Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra, the Jazz Legacy Big Band, Jerry Fischer Big Band, Jack Martino group & the Wally Schneider Big Band. Over the last 10 years I have toured the east coast of the United States with various groups of contrasting styles. My 15 year teaching experience includes a wide range of music styles, settings, age groups, and levels of musicianship, focusing on the elements of Music that are universal to all instruments, cultures and genres.
I now reside in Richmond, Virginia pursuing a Master of Music Education at VCU, and continue to expand my creative abilities through such related fields as production, arranging, poetry, songwriting, education and the important impact of a healthy lifestyle.
"The point is to keep things fun - if you want to LEARN it, you've got to PLAY with it!"
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