M.M. North Carolina School of the Arts
B.M. North Carolina School of the Arts
I grew up in rural Matthews, North Carolina, far from the big city life and the fast times of jazz music. But thanks to a few concert tickets from my dad one Saturday night, I found what I wanted to become. After a summer evening at a Boots Randolph concert in Charlotte, I first found my love of the saxophone. I convinced my parents to buy me a sax...and so it began.
I graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts in 1980 and returned to NCSA in 1990 to complete a master's degree in Saxophone Performance. Although I am now an established freelance recording artist, I've also spent a great deal of time as a teacher and touring musician. I've had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including: The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Count Basie Orchestra, Roger Watters, The Spinners, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, and Bonnie Bramlett. Locally, I've been involved in a diverse array of musical performances from Broadway shows to recording sessions.
I've also worked extensively with major symphonies in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Salisbury, Greenville, Spartanburg, Augusta, GA and the North Carolina Symphony. In addition to my position at Davidson, I've also taught at the University of North Carolina- Charlotte, Winthrop University, and Central Piedmont Community College.
MUS 050, 055 Applied Music (Non-Credit)
MUS 155, 255, 256, 355 Applied Music (Credit)