He is a bass trombonist and teacher born in Athens
Georgia, who, when he was young, started to play his father’s
trombone and then played in a trombone choir when he was at music camp in
Brevard, North Carolina. He
went on to study music at the University of Georgia and the Juilliard
School of Music.
In 1987, after he graduated, he became trombonist for
the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and he stayed with them for 8 seasons
before moving on.
He has been a bass trombonist for the Saint Louis
Symphony Orchestra since 1995 and is also a member of their Community
Partnership Program where he performs in trios, brass quintets and quartets
at local churches and schools.
Having featured with several other orchestras and
artists he has been heard with Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis,
the Boston Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco
Symphony, New Jersey Symphony at the Teton Music Festival and in
productions of Annie and a Chorus Line.
Aside from his performing he is also on the
SLSO’s Musician’s Council and occasionally on an audition
As a teacher he gives regular master classes and is an
Instructor of Euphonium, Trombone and Tuba at the University of Missouri in
Holiday Brass recordings
Angels We Have Heard on
High (Traditional French/James
Music Masters 01782 (CD: Holiday Brass featuring
Trumpet – Susan Slaughter
St. Louis Children’s Choirs – Concert