Sponsored by Mary James and George Cook
Highlights as a musician -
I've travelled to 3 continents (South America, Asia, and Europe) for music tours and festivals, working with fantastic musicians and colleagues. Seeing students in the El Sistema program in Argentina who play music and dance late after the concert has concluded to the students in Japan who have so thoroughly annotated their music it is no longer legible - all share the musical connection in some form.
Currently I'm excited to join Santa Cruz Symphony as the Principal Trumpet. I also play in and around the Bay Area for weddings, musicals, circus performances, small ensembles, cross genre groups. The greater the challenge, the more I will enjoy it.
During my time at both Curtis and New England Conservatory, I've been fortunate enough to play under the tutelage of some of the great conductors of our time including: Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.
Sponsored By Cheryl Hammond
I have developed an advanced approach inspired by world-renowned master teachers Kato Havas and Arnold Jacobs with emphasis on motivation, musical conception and efficient performance. Students win solo competitions and auditions for Honor Bands. All ages and levels are welcome. From 1983-93 I was on the faculty of The Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View and also with 1989-93 with the San Francisco Community Music School from 1989-93 and maintain my strong dedication to private teaching in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area since 1992.
I began playing trumpet professionally in 1971 as a member of a working rock band while still in high school. In college I trained classically and began performing in orchestras and brass ensembles. I have been a member of the Santa Cruz County Symphony since 1980 and have performed with numerous Bay Area, LA, and Sacramento area orchestras and brass ensembles. Since moving to Nevada City in 1992, I have performed often with Music in the Mountains, InConcert Sierra and Sierra Stages. I am a founding member of the Sierra Brass Quintet and the R&B band, Power of 12, (formerly Real George which released a CD in 1998,) playing trumpet and trombone.