I am very passionate about what I do, and strive to instill this passion in students as well. I have been a musician for fourteen years, and in the profession for ten. I formed my own swing band at age 13, and have been leading bands ever since. In 2009 I had the great fortune to tour the world for an entire year with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as trombonist, arranger, and band historian. I have also been involved in politics for most of my life, and worked on several local, state, and national elections.
I now am the proud leader of several bands one being an authentic 18-piece Big Band, as well as founder of my own music organization, where I write arrangements, teach lessons, and provide live music for myriad events. I have played in professional jazz bands, big bands, classical wind ensembles, an orchestra, and parade units as well. I am also currently the CEO and President of the American Big Band Preservation Society ABBPS, a Massachusetts not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, performance, and perpetuation of Big Band music.
I began teaching music in high school, mostly on brass instruments. Some of the students who had their first lessons with me continued on to become leaders of the school’s ensembles (Holy Name High School in Worcester, MA). In addition to music, I tutored for the National Honor Society academic programs for four years.
My style of teaching is adaptable to the needs of the student. I find that a set way of teaching does not work, because there is no set way a student (or professional for that matter) plays. What is set and consistent is the focus: the student. It is my goal to use any resources available to help him or her.
I recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a double Bachelor's degree in BDIC: Jazz History and Political Science. In the Spring of 2012, I worked on Campus as a Teaching Assistant for the Jazz and African American Music studies department.
My students over the past two years have gone on to join a touring rock ensemble, and another winning various scholarships and awards.
My teachers through the years include:
-Trombone: Mr. Brian Diehl, Prof. Dave Sporny, Mr. Norman Bolter, and Prof. Greg Spiridoupolos
-Arranging and composition:Prof. Jeff Holmes
Dr. Felipe Salles
-Drums: Prof. Tom Giampietro
-Jazz History: Dr. T. Dennis Brown
-Piano: Mr. Dick Odgren
-And, Dr.Warren “Bud” Trow: Jazz history, tuba and Dixieland improvisation and ensemble playing.
My passion for history and politics has similarly been with me since I was young. My career goal is to attend law school, and eventually get involved in politics, government, and run for elected office. These goals come out of a willingness to serve others, and, as John Quincy Adams said, “Strive for the common good of ALL,” I work well with others, enjoy conversation and political or historical discussions. I believe it is essential for all people—no matter what age—to know about our past, from struggles to triumphs, as well as the present condition of our country and the world.
My experience in the History and political world has been:
-Scoring 5 (out of 5) on advanced placement American History exam
-Lobbying Massachusetts state congress on issues (health care and casino initiative)
-Working on several campaigns, including: George Russell, Worcester City Council, Gov. Deval Patrick, and President Barack Obama 2008.
-Work with Dr. Brian Schaffner on exit polling, Plymouth County MA election returns reported and used by several news organizations including NPR and WBZ news, Boston.
In closing, I would like the opportunity to share my knowledge with someone who would love to learn. Thanks.
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