One of the great things about being a bassist is that you can play with a lot of different groups. From jazz combos and rock bands, to bluegrass bands and string quintets, the bass can be an integral part of each. For me, learning and playing many different types of music has added to the joy of being a bass player. Through teaching and performing, I hope to share my enthusiasm for the instrument.
I have had the benefit of working with great teachers throughout my bass playing career, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Because of this, I understand what a difference the right teacher can make. Furthermore, I know what teaching styles and techniques work best for me as a current student, so I am able to relate, and tailor the lesson to fit the student's needs.
I am the in-house bass instructor at St. Charles North High School. On Thursday mornings, I teach for the entire school day before heading back to Chicago for the week.
I travel down to Kelly High School several times a month to work with students in a private lesson setting, or to help out groups of players either with orchestra music, or basic fundamentals of the instrument.
Over the past three years I have steadily grown my reputation as a sought after and reliable side man or collaborator, playing with acts as a side man, or main collaborator in the genres of Bluegrass, Old-Time, Progressive Folk, Honky Tonk Country, Rock and Roll, and Blues. Making my living playing and teaching music, I understand what goes into being a professional in both the musical and interpersonal sense.
I have been teaching privately since I was in high school on both electric bass and upright bass. I have the experience of working with younger students who are just beginning to helping students who are auditioning for colleges or college orchestras.
I lead a workshop on contemporary folk bass techniques at the 2016 Chicago Bass Festival
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.