He was a trumpeter born in San Diego, California to a musical family of seven generations of musicians. He began his musical education by learning the violin but moved to the trumpet when he was seven, with his first instrument being his grandfather’s old cornet.
He obtained music degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music and won many national awards which paved the way to performing with many major American orchestras such as the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra where he was acclaimed for his solo performances of Bach and Hummel trumpet concertos.
While holding the position of Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory, he was approached by the tuba player Chuck Daellenbach who asked him to become the replacement for Ronald Romm in Canadian Brass in 2000. He remained with them for three years of touring and performing but left them in 2003 to spend more time with his family. He returned to Canadian Brass in 2006 to play as a member of their Trumpet “Dream Team”.
Donald Erb, who is an Australian composer, wrote two solo trumpet works for him. He was awarded the alumni achievement award from the Cleveland Institute of Music, released his first solo CD in 2005 and became Principal Trumpet for Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the 2006/7 season. In 2016 he joined the faculty of Dallas’ Meadows School of Arts at Southern Methodist University as an adjunct professor.
He died in June 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He was 51 years old.
Here he is performing the 3rd movement of “Concert for Trumpet & Orchestra” by Stanley Friedman….