M.M. University of Tennessee
B.M. Appalachian State University
Trumpeter, arranger, and clinician, I am originally from Lexington, N.C., and have been teaching on the college level since 1997. I am an active performer in all styles of music and have performed with many different artists, from Motown, Big Band, Rock, and Contemporary Christian groups; recent shows and tours included performances with Quincy Jones, Clark Terry, Arturo Sandoval, Freddie Cole, Tito Puente Jr., Wynonna Judd, The Manhattan Transfer, Victor Wooten, Danny Gottlieb, Duffy Jackson, Fred Wesley, Michael Feinstein, Ashford & Simpson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Peaches and Herb, Ben E. King, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, and Boots Randolph.
I have also performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as principal trumpet and featured soloist on their 2002 version of Bravo! Big Band Pops Series, as well as their 2004 Tribute to Maestro Bill Conti, their 2006 concert with Conductor, Arranger, and Musician Victor Vanacore, and their 2010 ABBA concert. I am also the associate principal trumpet of the Salisbury Symphony and frequently sub for the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte Symphonies.
My writing/arranging credits include Grammy nominated Jazz singer, Nnenna Freelon, and multiple Grammy winner Kenny G, just to name a few. I have taught at a number of great colleges and universities, including: Wake Forest University, Catawba College, UNC-Greensboro, Livingstone College, and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). During my tenure at NCCU, I consistently had between two and four students per year selected for the HBCU ALL STARS, the HBCU equivalent of an All-American Jazz Orchestra. Many of those students have gone on to be professional teachers and performers. From 2000 to 2006, I was the trumpet instructor at the John Coltrane Summer Jazz Workshop in High Point, NC and from 2004 to 2010, I was the headlining Jazz trumpet instructor at the Summer Jazz Camp at the University of Arkansas (Monticello).
I am also a member of the music faculty at Wake Forest University, teaching Jazz Band, Small Ensembles, secondary applied trumpet, and assisting with the Marching Band. I have also worked extensively in shows and with various artists on cruise ships and have lived in Spain where I performed in a show called Son Amar Espectaculo. I received my B.M. in classical music performance from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. (May 1990), where I studied trumpet with Joe Phelps. I earned my M.M. in Jazz/Studio Music (Summer 1997) from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) where I studied with Jerry Coker, Donald Brown, and Mark Boling.