from western Pennsylvania
who began taking private lessons under Harold McDonald in 1955. He became a member of the Pittsburgh
Youth Symphony Orchestra and continued his studies at De Paul University
School of Music, which is located in Chicago,
Illinois. During his time in the Windy City, he joined the Chicago Civic
In 1960, he
relocated to Louisville, Kentucky,
where he attended Louisville
performed in the Louisville Orchestra.
He graduated in 1962 with a B.A. in Music Education, and
participated in the Fine Arts festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Then he moved
to Vienna, Austria, where he furthered his
education at the Akademie fur Musik
und darstellende Kunst. In 1965, he received an honors
degree, and it did not take long for him to put all of his schooling to use
with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic, and
the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
He was a
member of the United States Army Field band from 1966 to 1969.
In 1969, he
performed in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and stayed with them for a
He went back
to Europe and filled positions in the State Theatre in Kassel and the Bavarian State Opera, with
whom he performed from 1972 to 2005.
with whom he has worked include the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Brass, the Hamburg Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Orchestra of the
South German Radio in Stuttgart, the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, Orchestre de la
Suisse Romande, the State Orchestra of Baden Wuerttenberg, Summit Brass, and the Symphony Orchestra
of the Bavarian Radio.
In the field
of music education, he has taught at the Hochschule
fur Musik in Stuttgart
and the Richard Strauss Conservatory and his own studio in Munich.
the B & S Perantucci tuba and has served as a
clinician, consultant and vice president of the Custom Music Company.
The Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra recordings
in Double Echo (Giovanni
Arranger – Arthur Frackenpohl