Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar, Music Theory
Studied with Jim Hall, Master of Music
His performance career led to being based in NYC, Charlottesville VA, Baltimore/D.C., Lubbock TX and Buffalo NY. With extensive performance experience, some of those whom Derek has performed with include Red Rodney, Junior Cook, Natalie & Lloyd Maines (of Dixie Chicks), Delfeayo Marsalis, Drew Gress and Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band & Bela Fleck). He served as Lecturer in Guitar at McDaniel College near Baltimore from 1983-93.
One of a lucky few, Derek was fortunate to study with the legendary Jim Hall (jimhallguitar.com). He is ecstatic about teaching at Music & Arts, and since 2004 he has served as Professor of Guitar at SEBTS in Wake Forest & the adjunct faculty directing Guitar Studies and teaching Jazz Studies at UNC Pembroke. Derek received his Master of Music, Guitar Performance, from State University of New York - Buffalo and his Bachelor of Music cum laude, Guitar Performance Concentration, from Texas Tech University.