I am very interested in helping my students become, above all else, musicians. To me, this means bringing the music off the page, and finding/playing what has not been written in ink. Too often, I see musicians merely play the notes and put no emotion into their music. That is not what music is about. Our job is to make the audience feel something, and if we cannot do this we have failed as musicians.
I received my Bachelor of Music from Central Michigan University and recently received my master's degree in Tuba Performance at Arizona State University (December 2015) and recently was selected as the 1st place winner in the International Tuba and Euphonium Association's Tuba Artist solo competition.
Currently, I can teach beginning piano, trumpet and trombone, and all skill levels of tuba and euphonium players.
I was one of the two Eb tuba players in the CMU Brass Band, and was principal Eb tubist for 3 years
I performed one concert in place of the principal tubist of the Midland Symphony Orchestra (Midland, MI). On this concert, we performed "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Shostakovich and "Symphonic Dances" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
I led the section and demonstrated proper marching technique and performance of/memorization of music for each halftime show (we generally had a different show for each home game).
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."