I am an active performer in the Midwest, playing professionally several times a week. The band I play with, Musivo Live (voted the best band in Kansas City), routinely plays events all over the country. I have played some of the most exciting venues in the region, including: Arrowhead Stadium, Kemper Arena, KC Power & Light, The Madrid Theater, Union Station, Bartle Hall, The VooDoo Lounge, The Blue Room, and The Legends. I’ve also headlined several large events and festivals, including: Monday Night Football, The Kansas City Auto Show, The American Royal, Tony Gonzalez’sFarewell Party, among others. In the past, I have had the distinct privilege of sharing the stage with such musical greats as Denis DiBlasio (former sax player and musical director for Maynard Ferguson), Jay Daversa (formerly with Stan Kenton among countless other professional/studio work), Vince DiMartino (formerly with Lionel Hampton, Chuck Mangione, Clark Terry, and others), Donna Tucker, as well as many other distinguished musicians.
I teach private music lessons, in several disciplines: trumpet, jazz for all wind instruments, music composition, and music production. Through the years, I’ve taught hundreds of students, and have learned the most effective ways to teach music.
I am a graduate of the Wichita State University School of Music with a degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. While at WSU, I studied under a great lead/jazz trumpet player, Scott Strecker. Prior to that, I spent a year studying with Roger Lewis at Butler. While there, I advanced my knowledge of jazz and commercial playing exponentially. I would strongly advise any aspiring jazz musicians take some time to study from him; he is easily the region's best educator of jazz. I have also attended Kansas State University with a major in Trumpet Performance. In K-State’s premiere big band, I played the solo book my first year and was lead trumpet my second year. I was also the trumpet selected to play in "Swing Machine", KSU's premier jazz combo. As a member of the athletic bands, I received several solo and feature trumpet opportunities.
Prior to college, I attended Manhattan High School in Manhattan, KS. There I played lead/principal trumpet in the jazz band, wind ensemble, orchestra, brass ensemble, brass quintet, marching band, and pep band. It was at MHS where I first discovered jazz. I credit Rod Manges, a very underrated educator, for instilling the roots of my jazz education. While at MHS, I was selected to two prestigious all-state honor jazz ensembles, and received numerous "1" ratings and several "Outstanding Soloist" awards at state music festivals.
There are a great deal of music teachers in Kansas City. It’s critically important to select a teacher that fits you and your particular goals. There are far too many “cookie-cutter” teachers out there that will hand you a method book and tell you to do 5 lessons a week. You need a teacher that will work with you and your individual goals and problems. It is for this very reason that I maintain a very small studio of students; expanding my studio to 30-40 students as many teachers do would only be detrimental to the student, as I would no longer be able to individualize each student’s lesson. I may not be accepting new students at the moment, but if you are interested, please get in touch with me. If I’m not accepting new students, I can put you on the waiting list and/or direct you to another qualified teacher.
Selecting a teacher based on any factor other than their ability to help you reach your goals is foolhardy at best. That’s why I offer a free lesson to any prospective student. I want you to assess me, and I need to be able to assess you. It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally I meet a prospective student who I don’t feel I can help as effectively as another teacher. In those instances, I will direct you to the name of the teacher who might be more beneficial.
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