Location: Richmond, VA
Instructs: Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Education: Master of Music in Jazz Performance - Rutgers University
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance - Virginia Commonwealth University
Performance Experience: Bon Iver,
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra,
NOBS Brass Band,
The Devil's Workshop Big Band,
The Upper East Side Big Band,
and many others...
Teaching Experience: Toby is currently a member of the music faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University where he directs Jazz Orchestra II and teaches Jazz Improvisation as well as Small Jazz Ensembles. He has also served as co-director of the Greater Richmond Youth Jazz Band.
While at Rutgers Toby taught Chamber Jazz Ensembles and has also taught Jazz Trombone, Digital Creativity in Music Technology, Aural Skills, and Jazz Ensemble Techniques at Christopher Newport University.
Teaching Philosophy: I approach every student as an individual. What has worked with helping a student achieve success in the past is not always effective with a current student. Everything we do is rooted in tradition but how we explore those traditions depends on the interests of the individual. Music is a very personal art form and I believe how we develop our abilities in this art form should be unique to each learner.