He is a trombonist, composer, arranger and teacher who
took his further studies in composition and theory at Wichita
He ventured out on his professional career and in 1957
moved to New York where he
performed with the bands and ensembles led by Maynard Ferguson, Woody
Herman, Buddy Morrow, Kai Winding and others.
During the early 1960s he began performing as a
musician with the orchestras that accompanied the Broadway shows. He has since been a trombonist on
more than 30 productions. Not
just keeping to the stage, he also became active in music for television
and performed on several movie soundtracks.
In 1965 he joined the Manhattan Brass Quintet as their
Musical Director and as a musician.
His time with them until 1980 saw him developing their musical
education programs. He didn’t
just isolate himself to working with the Manhattan Brass Quintet for the
years he was with them. He also
lent his talents to The American Symphony, Benny Goodman Sextet, the New
York City Symphony, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Buddy Rich. He is also involved with the Local
802 and since 1989 he has served as a member of their Executive Board.
In 1990 he became an arranger and musician on NPR for
Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Company.
He remained there until 1994.
Not just acclaimed as a talented trombonist, his
arrangements, orchestrations and compositions have been used by ensembles
and orchestras such as the American Symphony Orchestra, tne
Empire Brass and the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet. Some of his arrangements include “As
Time Goes By” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” for
trombone quartet.and his compositions include 12 Jazz Duets for Trumpet and Trombone,
24 Etudes for Trombone and Piano and “Sig
EP” which was recorded by Woody Herman.
As you can imagine, his recording career as a musician
and/or arranger has been extensive and just a few of the albums he has
performed on include Mange Tout
by Blancmange, Empire Brass on
Broadway by Empire Brass, It’s
Showtime! by Heritage Brass Quintet, Encore: 1963 by Woody Herman, Music of Jelly Roll Morton by Dick Hyman, One by Bob James, New
York Now by Manhattan Brass, Mandy
Patinkin by Mandy Patinkin,
Tiptoe Through the Tulips: Resurrection
by Tiny Tim, Lover Man by Sarah
Vaughan and the cast recordings of A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Assassins, Call Me Madam, Merrily We
Roll Along, Once on This Island,
Out of This World, Over Here!, Pal
Joey and Ziegfeld
Follies of 1936.
In the field of musical education he joined the
faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in 1981 and has taught there ever
since. As a musician, he has recently
been performing as First Trombone in the Broadway production Wonderful Town.