December 13, 2010-Hello all!  It has been a while since I updated my blog.  The main reason for this update is to announce that I have become a Courtois Trombones Performing Artist.  My instrument of choice will be the Courtois bass trombone with Hagman valves and the Courtois tenor with a thayer valve.  They are great instruments with a really warm sound that is very even through the registers.  I am very happy to be a joining the Courtois family! 

March 22, 2010 - I spent several days last week at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC.  If you have never attended a trombone workshop like that, let me tell you, it is a little overwhelming.  First of all, you see friends from every chapter of your music life (sometimes struggling to remember names...).  Second of all,  you hear incredible trombone players perform, including older established players, newer names with jobs, and incredible student players.  It is actually very humbling to hear a 15 year old play as well as you do :O)  Lastly, you have the opportunity to try out the latest instruments and accessories, and look at sheet music.  There is nothing like the sound of a room full of trombone players trying instruments-violinists stay clear:O) During the week, I judged the bass trombone solo competition (congrats to everyone that played), played at the Opera Trombones Class, gave a solo masterclass (the handout is at the teaching section of this website) and played a concerto with the band.  I had a great time and want to say thanks to Sam Woodhead and his staff of people for putting the workshop together-GREAT JOB!!!

March 8, 2010 - Chamber music playing is incredibly important for the development of musicianship.  Fortunately, I have been able to join a trombone quartet in NYC called the Manhattan Slide Project.  We have an excellent arranger in the group, Brian Mahaney.  We recently played a concert at Purchase Conservatory that featured Brian's arrangements.  Check them out on YouTube or on my Facebook page!!! If your are not my friend, FRIEND me!

February 28, 2010 - I had a great time in Iowa.  Thanks to all at the University of Northern Iowa and The University of Iowa.  Much great music was made and I got to see old friends and make new ones.  Practice hard you students out there!!!!

Special thanks to Shari Rhoads my pianist during that time. Shari is an opera conductor/vocal coach and it was really interesting to play opera arias with her.  I have changed so much as a musician since starting at the MET and playing more vocal music.  I feel that I have become a better musician as a result.  I think everyone should at least get a Pavarotti (or any other famous singer) CD and some of the sheet music, and try to play along with his singing.  It will help you grow as a musician, no doubt!!!!

Trombone quartet concert at Purchase tomorrow at 6:30pm with Tom Hutchinson, Maciek Petrachko and Bryan Mahaney.  All of Bryan's arrangements!  See you there!!!

February 19, 2010The Purchase Conservatory audition recital went really well!  We had about 30 people in attendance!  I am now just practicing for my upcoming tour to Iowa!! Looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and making new ones!   Cedar Falls and Iowa city, here I come!!

Montclair State University School of Music audition days :

  • February 13, 2010 (Saturday)
  • March 6, 2010 (Saturday)
  • May 13, 2010 (Thursday)