Woodwinds, Woodwind Accessories, Bass, Guitar, Drums & Percussion, Amplifiers & Effects
Wind Ensemble, 4 yrs Lead Tenor in HS, 3 yrs Lead Tenor in UMass JE1, 2 yrs Lead Alto and Section Leader in UMass JE1, Funk Bands, Latin Jazz Groups, Jazz Quartets, Small Jazz Ensembles, Saxophone Quartet, Chamber Music Groups
Snarky Puppy, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, John Scofield, Martin Medeski & Wood, Sam Kininger Band, Lettuce, Cream, Graham Central Station, Parliament Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Franklin High School
Jazz, Funk, Rock, Brazilian Jazz, Latin
Saxophone, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Jazz Theory, Classical Theory, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Composition
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I started my musical career in 1995 on the recorder, same as everyone else. Unlike my classmates, I took a real shine to the little plastic instrument and opted to skip the string program at school in favor of something more simliar to the recorder I loved so much. The teachers told me I could play flute, clarinet, or saxophone. For some reason, for a fourth grader the saxophone seemed like the only choice, and I have stuck with it ever since. Of course, when I made playing jazz saxophone my priority as a career, I quickly realized that playing only the saxophone wouldn't be an option, so I learned to play all 4 major saxophones (and had the pleasure of playing a sopranino and the ever-elusive bass saxophone) as well as the flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, and even the contrabass clarinet. I have my Bachelor of Music degree for the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Jazz and African American Music Studies, where I had the pleasure of playing and recording with jazz heavyweights such as Kenny Garrett, Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts, Dave Liebman, Javon Jackson, Felipe Salles, Lionel Lueke, and Kenny Washington. I have taught and attended countless camps, clinics, and masterclasses through high school and college, with topics ranging from instrument care and maintenance, practical performance technique on my specific instruments, improvization and jazz theory, and even music therapy. My career as a saxophonist, although still budding, is an area of my life I am particularly proud of and I continue to push myself towards achieving my goals as a player and to have my individual musical voice heard by the masses.
Although playing the saxophone has been my top musical priority for as long as I can remember, being around so much music encouraged me to expand my musical horizons in as many directions as I could. When I was around 14 my friends wanted to start a rock band, but naturally everyone played guitar and nobody wanted to play bass. With idols like John Entwhistle, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke, and Larry Graham (not to mentioned the countless jazz players I was into by saxophone proxy, i.e. Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Dave Holland, etc.), I was happy to fill out the bottom end of their sound. Later on down the line I picked up the guitar and drums, using my knowledge as a saxophone player to guide my own education.
Long story short: I absolutely love music. I have dedicated the majority of my life so far to playing, writing, and teaching music, and I have no intention of slowing down any time soon. So feel free to call or come on down to the store, I'd love to share my passion with you and help encourage you to discover your own passion for music!
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