I have been a professional musician for 50 years, and a bandleader for 28. I have taught 24,000 at-risk youth in Music History since 1986. I am the Executive Director of Saturday Night Bath Concert Fund. I graduated Queens College of the City University of New York in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Performing since the age of 13, during college he continued to study the bass viol, electric bass guitar, voice, and trumpet. His lifetime love of music spurred me to Los Angeles in 1973, where I immediately became a professional musician and private teacher, and took three years of advanced music theory courses and many apprenticeships. He recognized the need to stimulate interest in musical arts in public schools. In 1984 I founded Saturday Night Bath Band, targeting disadvantaged youth by performing my original jazz and blues style compositions, as well as music of traditional composers. My concerts and clinics have now reached over 24,000 young people in juvenile halls, probation camps and continuation high schools throughout California, one-at-a-time. I have composed and copyrighted 114 songs since 1979, that are in the styles of such composers as Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Grover Washington Jr., Howlin’ Wolf, and Carlos Santana. I have been writing grant proposals for 19 years.
A major portion of my audience is made up of teenagers of African and Hispanic decent, with recent emphasis on pregnant teen sites. Venues include the CA Youth Authority, Juvenile Halls, County Probation Camps, and Continuation High Schools.
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