He is a
trombonist, arranger, composer and teacher born in Sarasota, Florida, who started his life in music when he
was twelve years old and started to play his father’s trombone. He attended the Booker High School
for Visual and Performing Arts, where he graduated in 1986 and went on to
study for his bachelor’s and master’s musical degrees at Boston
University and the New England Conservatory of Music respectively.
He was a
fellow at Tanglewood and in 1995 he completed his
fellowship with the New World Symphony. In 1996 he became a member of the
Empire Brass Quintet remaining with them until 2012 performing with them
all over the world as well as on TV and radio broadcasts and several of
their popular CD recordings.
He has worked
with countless American orchestras and ensembles that include the Boston
Pops, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Burning River Brass, the Florida
Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra where
he was Principal Trombonist, Isthmus Brass, the Jacksonville Symphony
Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the
Springfield Symphony Orchestra among others.
His work in
the recording studio as seen him releasing solo albums since 2002 with
these including American Voices Vols 1 and 2, Blues, Ballads and Beyond, Bone Moan,
Dynamic Elements, Serious Songs, Sad Faces, Three Views and 20th Century Architects. Other recordings he has appeared on
as a performer and/or arranger include Baroque
Music for Brass and Organ, Firedance and The
Glory of Gabrieli by The Empire Brass, Forbes plays Koetzier
by Mike Forbes, Isthmus Brass:
Christmas by Isthmus Brass, They
Said… by Sinister Resonance!, Reverie
by John Stevens, All Directions
by Trombone Attraction and Animal Act
by Evan Ziporyn.
He can also be
heard performing with the experimental rock quartet Sinister Resonance!
In the field
of musical education he was on the faculties and in charge of the trombone
studios at Florida International University from 2000 to 2004 and Florida’s Lynn University, where he also taught music
appreciation. More recently he
has been a Professor of Trombone at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
School of Music and performed with their resident ensemble
the Wisconsin Brass Quintet.
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation awarded him the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship in 2012.