I have been teaching private lessons for over 30 years. I work with students on the mechanics of trumpet playing which lead to the ability to execute solid fundamentals consistently. This allows my students to function in a variety of musical settings with a secure foundation. Any player can improve if they apply a well-considered approach to material appropriate for their current level of development. My strength as a teacher (and player) lies in my versatility, patience, and persistence (as well as my sense of humor and ability to connect with students and players as human beings). Ear training and music theory are taught as an integrated support for trumpet performance. Audition preparation rests on the work that has occurred during lessons which is supported by consistent, daily practice.
Cinnebar Theater Opera Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Benicia Ballet Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Ukiah Symphony (assistant principal)
Lake County Symphony (2nd trumpet)
Fort Bragg Symphony (1st trumpet)
Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Cotati (American) Philharmonic Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Healsburg (Raven Theater) Philharmonic Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Pacific Union College Orchestra (guest principal trumpet)
5th St. Brass Quintet (1st trumpet)
Polished Brass Quintet (1st trumpet)
Sonoma State University Faculty Brass Quintet (1st trumpet)
Sonoma Valley Chorale Brass Choir
Currently: Maria Carillo High, Analy High, Montgomery High, Redwood High, Windsor High, Windsor Middle
Currently: Jazz Appreciation
Previously: Beginning Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combos, Jazz Big-Band
Guest Lecturer: Intermediate Jazz Improvisation, Jazz/Pop Theory
I have been the bugler each summer (29 years) for mixed breed horse racing at: Sonoma County, San Joaquin County, Solano County, Alameda County, Humboldt County, Cal Expo Harness and Sacramento State Fairs
I have played with ensembles featuring well-known Jazz Artists such as: Bobby Shew, Carl Fontana, Joe Williams, Bruce Forman, Mel Graves, Randy Vincent, George Marsh,Tom Scott, Albert Heath, James Newton, and Charlie Haden.
Mel Graves "Ear Shot"
Bonnie Brooks "You are the Song in Me"
Steve Wolf "Joy Button"
Al Gruber "This Ain't the Last Time"
Beginning Jazz Improvisation, Jazz, History, Jazz Combos, Jazz Arranging
Guest Lecturer: Jazz Composition, American Music
Completed 1620 Hours of Training at the Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique in Redwood City/San Francisco, CA. with additional training at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London.