player whose brother, a veteran bass trombonist with the L.A. Philharmonic,
and mother encouraged him to take up the instrument at ten years of age. He had no intention of being a
professional musician, however.
His original love was repairing motorcycles, and, although his
business was doing okay, he realized he had gone about as far as he could. So, he attended California State University-Northridge
and started taking the French horn more seriously.
It turned out
to be a good move, as he found himself working with the Los Angeles
Philharmonic. One of his early
recitals with members of the Philharmonic took place at Cal State
Northridge on 21st July 1986. They performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s
“Duo in E flat”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Oboe
Quartet” and Thomas Weelkes “Centone No. VI”.
In 1987, he joined
the Pacific Symphony Orchestra as their associate principal horn player,
and graduated to principal in 1995.
trumpeter Burnette Dillon were front and center when
the Pacific Symphony took the stage at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on
24th August 1996.
They each got a solo turn with concerti by Richard Strauss and
Giuseppe Tartini. The Classical Brass concert was
rounded out by music of Giovanni Gabrieli, Ottorino Respighi, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
discography is considerable, and here are but a few highlights: Bat
out of Hell III: The Monster is
Loose by Meat Loaf; Call Me
Irresponsible by Michael Buble; Cool Yule by Bette Midler; Desde el Fondo de
Mi Alma by Raphael; The Forest
by David Byrne; Hero by Kirk
Franklin; Highway Rider by Brad Mehldau; A
Romantic Christmas by John Tesh; Serenada Schizophrana
by Danny Elfman; To See You by Harry Connick, Jr.; and,
Trumpet of the Swan by Jason
which he appears include Antwone Fisher,
Beyond Borders, Dreamcatcher,
The Express, Flags of our Fathers, Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade, Jeepers
Creepers 2, The Legend of Zorro,
Man on the Moon, The Notebook, Peter Pan, Robots, Signs, Terminator 3: Rise of
the Machines, The Village, War of the Worlds, and X-Men 2.
On the small
screen, he can be heard on the scores of Alias and In the Realms
of the Unreal.
have heard him without knowing it whilst fighting baddies in Spider-Man 2: The Game.