MM (Trumpet Performance) Northwestern University BA (Music Education) Western Illinois University
Additional Studies - Adolph Herseth, Principal Trumpet Chicago Symphony Orchestra Recent Awards - Outstanding Alumni Award Western Illinois University Recordings - Two Grammy Awarded Recordings with Chicago Symphony (Ameriques and Blue Beard's Castle - Pierre Boulez. cond.) Fantasia 2000 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - James Levine, cond. Multiple other recordings with Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Opera Theatre, Millar Brass Ensemble, Chicago Brass Quintet, Tower Brass of Chicago and Sones de Mexico.
The trumpet is the noblest instrument of the orchestra and one of the most versatile, equally at home in bands and chamber ensembles. Playing each of these styles come only after establishing solid fundamentals and daily habits that make playing more efficient, consistent and fun!
Chicago Federation of Musicians International Trumpet Guild
Interest/Hobbies - I love to cook and hike! What I love about Chicago most is it's people; diverse, creative, hard working and very loyal to their sports teams! I also love deep dish pizza, Chicago style hot dogs, the Cubs, the Bears and the Bulls, the Lakefront, Chicago River and the amazing architecture. moment If I had to choose only one, playing Star Wars with John Williams conducting would be right near the top!
My amazing wife is also an excellent trumpet player and teacher. We have three amazing children, Ella, Erin and Nathan that make us proud each and every day!