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I first started in academic music on drums in fourth grade...and so did everyone else. After a year of too many drummer for two or three parts, I decided to play the trumpet. I played the trumpet from fifth grade until my second semester freshman year in college, that is when I made the switch to tuba.
I attended Delran High School in Delran, NJ. I was involved in concert band on trumpet, Marching Band on trumpet and served as Drum Major, in Jazz Band on trumpet and keys, in choir as the percussionist, and in Pit Orchestra on trumpet and keys. I have also perfomed in about 20 musicals, on trumpet, keyboards, drumset, percussion, and as the music director. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory and Composition from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I was involved in the WCU "Incomparable" Golden Rams Marching Band on trumpet for two years and served as Drum Major for two years. On tuba, I was a member of the WCU Brass Ensemble, WCU Symphonic Winds, WCU Chambers Winds, and the WCU Wind Ensemble which has recorded several CDs that I can be heard playing on. On scholarship at Rutgers University, I earned a Master's degree in Music Performance on Tuba under the guidance of Alan Baer, Principal Tuba of the New York Phillharmonic. I performed with the Rutgers University Graduate Quintet, RU Brass Ensemble, RU Tuba/Euphonium Quartet (Winners of the Chamber Ensemble Competition at Rutgers University), Helix! A New Music Ensemble, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, and Rutgers Wind Ensemble. I currently attend Temple University for a Master of Music in Music Education Plus Certification.
I have also had the opportunity to conduct various ensembles throughout my career. At West Chester University, I had the honor of conducting a the W.I.C. Wind Ensemble, a student-formed wind ensemble that recorded music composed by student composers. At Rutgers Universty, through an independent study with Darryl Bott, Director of Band, I conducted the RU Concert Band, RU Symphonic Winds, and RU Brass Ensemble. I was also the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Higland Park Municipal Band. I currently serve as the Assistant Conductor/General Manager of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony and as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors.
In my free time...I teach marching band. I have taught at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, PA, Franklin High School, in Franklin, NJ, and Rutgers University with the Marching Scarlet Knights. I currently teach at Central Buck South High School and serve as the Music Caption Head. I also teach on the music staff at Cadets 2, the 2016 DCA Champion Drum and Bugle Corps.
As a passionate musician, composer, arranger, educator, and leader, it is my life's work to inspire creativity, growth, and understanding through music.
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