Hi! I'm Eric, a Saxophonist, Composer, Singer, and Teacher that was born and raised in Southern California. I've been playing the saxophone for over ten years now, writing music for as long as I can remember, and singing since I was in elementary school. I play for a variety of groups in the Los Angeles Area, and sometimes perform in Los Angeles at venues such as the LightHouse, Saint Rocke, and the Baked Potato.
The three most rewarding experiences in my musical career, would be a successful performance, great feedback on a new composition, and watching the progress of my student's skill. I have taught students from elementary school all the way to those that are older than me. I keep my lessons fun, efficient, and applicable. I give students assignments to work on, so they don't forget what I teach, and so they can expand upon the concepts given in lessons, which familiarizes them with the information. I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!
While I have playing the saxophone upwards of 10 years now, I have only been getting professionally paid gigs for about half that time. While a majority of these gigs were with various jazz groups, I have also played R&B, funk, and Pop-rock gigs. I currently play with the bands: Happy Medium Band, Lord Gord and the Posse, and Ashaya and the Get Down. While the professional scene for classical saxophone is limited, there have been a few times where I have played with a classical saxophone quartet as well. So although my professional career may seem unimpressive compared to some who can boast decades of performances, my education as well as experience with varieties of music genres has brought, and continued to bring me, a wide variety of gigs in various styles.
Starting at the beginning of my high school career, I would give saxophone lessons to middle school and elementary school students. As time went on, I received other students from different ages.
During my last two years of high school, I was put in charge of the baritone saxophonists and bass clarinetists in my high school's marching band, teaching parts and organizing activities. My last year of high school, I was put in charge of all woodwind players in the marching band, which consisted of over 50 students. Managing productive rehearsals in the time allotted, was a skill I acquired and refine in both of these positions. By teaching students in a group this big, I feel like it has led me to give the efficient and productive lessons I give today.
Most recently, I was given the opportunity to teach for a week at the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Program, which is the largest Summer Jazz Camp in the United States. I also have previously worked as a saxophone coach at William Workman High School.