Musician, Composer, Arranger, Educator

Experienced performer, educator, clinician, and multi-instrumentalist well-versed in music of any style. Drawing from nearly 25 years encompassing a wide variety of musical experience, students at any skill level are given dedicated, personal instruction that addresses areas of improvement and increases the fun of playing and learning about music.

Experience
Marquee Music Instruction (Self-Owned and Operated) Brooklyn, NY (Various Locations)
2003 to Present
Owner/ Operator, Instructor
  • Operate private lesson studio teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, bass, drums, piano, recording, and more
  • Taught Advanced Piano course at PS9 Elementary
  • Taught Jazz Course at Ascend Middle School in Brooklyn, NY
  • Manage all aspects of business
  • Encourage students to take part in their own instruction by discovering and bringing in music they already enjoy, studying the concepts and theory behind them, and developing further with that knowledge
Spanish Prayers LLC
2018-2019
Touring Musician (Keyboard/ Synth)
  • Performed and toured, playing synthesizer and keyboard
  • Developed synth sounds
Holland America Cruise Line
2010
Musician/ Performer
  • Performed on saxophone and flute on cruise ship contract
  • Performed up to 5 hours each day in a variety of styles
Little Theatre on the Square (Sullivan, IL)
2007-2011
Musician/ Performer
  • Played multiple instruments in pit orchestra including saxophone, clarinet, flute, bass, and drums
  • Participated in Summer Stock performances as well as seasonal shows
Disneyland All-American College Band (Presented by Yamaha) (Anaheim, CA)
2007
Musician (Lead Alto, Flute, Clarinet)
  • Lead alto for the group for the 2007 season
  • Played with many guest artists active in the Los Angeles area such as Wayne Bergeron, Peter Erskine, Gordon Goodwin and many more.
  • Doubled on flute and clarinet
First United Methodist Church (Mattoon, IL)
2008-2010
Pianist/ Accompanist, Bass, Drums
  • Pianist and Accompanist for church
  • Accompanied a variety of groups
  • Also performed on bass and drums
Education
William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ)
2011-2013
M.A. in Music Performance, Jazz Studies
  • Studied with Vincent Herring (as), Rich Perry (ts), Mulgrew Miller (p), and others
  • Completed Jazz Pedagogy course with Dr. David Demsey, providing insight into curriculum, planning, and additional pedagogical techniques
  • Studied Jazz Composition/ Arranging with Cecil Bridgewater
  • Performed with many great musicians, including Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, and more
Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL)
2004-2010
B.A. in Saxophone and Jazz Studies
  • Studied classical and jazz saxophone with Dr. Sam Fagaly
  • Learned a series of techniques popularized by Joe Allard, Sigurd Rascher and others
  • Curriculum focused on tone development through use of overtones, mouthpiece blowing, pitch bending, etc. to achieve desired tone and maximum flexibility on the instrument
  • Operated private studio and worked with Eastern Illinois student lessons program throughout my studies
  • Studied jazz piano and theory with Paul Johnston
  • Studied jazz composition and arranging with Allan Horney
Skills
Performance
Seasoned performer comfortable on multiple instruments in any style.
Education
Teaching since 2003 on many instruments including Saxophone, Piano, Bass, Drums, Flute, Theory and Improvisation, and more!
Saxophone
Proficient in both classical and jazz styles with over 24 years of experience.
Piano
A wealth of professional experience serves my piano playing. Piano is also central to my philosophy in teaching students about music theory and improvisation.
Flute
With over 16 years of performance experience on flute, I am comfortable teaching and playing the instrument in classical, jazz, and popular styles. As a saxophonist, I am also in a unique position to help saxophonists who are trying to add “doubling” on woodwinds to their abilities.
Technology
After spending years working technical support and production in addition to my time in the music business, I am able to leverage existing technology of various types to assist in my lesson and education structure. I have experience in recording, mixing, and audio production, as well as experience using a wide variety of software. These skills are becoming increasingly important for students to have a handle on as they enter a potential career in music.