He is a brass musician from Macomb, Illinois, who began to learn the tuba when he was 11 years old and started experiencing what is was like to play in a group when he joined his sixth grade band at school. When he went to high school he performed with groups that ranged in size from a tuba quartet to an orchestra and he continued that interest by gaining his B.M. at the University of Illinois and his M.M. at the University of New Mexico. He then went to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he did his doctorate studies in Tuba Performance.
Working with many ensembles and orchestras during his career, he has performed with groups that include the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, Bloomington Camerata, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Dallas Brass, Harvey Phillip Tuba Company, The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, The King’s Brass, Santa Fe Symphony Brass Quintet, the Stardusters Jazz Band and the Walt Disney Collegiate All-Star Band and many more. Performing with the New Mexico Brass Quintet he appeared in a national television broadcast in China.
In the field of musical education he has worked as a private teacher, taught at several schools, been on the faculties of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Masterworks Festival and the University of New Mexico and served at Grand Valley State University as Affiliate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium.
Here he performs “Bombardon Dance” at the GVSU Euphonium and Tuba Spring Chamber Music Concert in 2014…