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I started on piano at the age of 6. Drilled in music theory from an early age, I picked up the trumpet at age 10 and was playing bass in original and cover bands by age 14. Since graduating from The College of St. Rose (Albany, NY) with a B.S. in Music Ed. (Trumpet) I've continued to play in a number of groups on Trumpet, Bass and Keyboards, have played in the pits for numerous musical productions, have performed internationally on various cruise ships, and have taught Instrumental Music in schools and privately. My compositions and arrangements have reached the Latin charts (Latin Beat Magazine) several times, have been nominated for the Grammy Awards, and have been featured in motion pictures and television,
I'm currently the Music Director for Los Duenos de La Salsa (10 piece band - old school Salsa) which launched in 2012. Playing Bass w/ The Bronte Roman Ensemble and I also freelance w/ local and regional groups, continue to do commercial transcription and arrangement work, write and record my own original pieces, studio collaborations with long time friend Mike Gonzales (Aftertax), as well as others. i was also Music Director for a small start up Church in Clifton Park, NY. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we had to close the doors, but i am seeking another similar opportunity. I also have the house sound engineer gig at The DInosaur BBQ in Troy, NY for over 2 yrs.
My original music is not yet a live band, but more a studio project currently. Although I have played some of these songs live, I still have yet to bring most of them to life (one of these days it will happen though!). Some of the musicians who have played on a few of these songs include; Jimmy Fontanez - Percussion, Kybrds, Vocals, misc. ; Terry Galvin - Guitar and Vocals ; Kristina Johnson - Saxophone ; Jeff Chase - Vocals ; Los Duenos de La Salsa; and Mike Gonzales my partner in Aftertax (again, primarily an ongoing studio project)