Originally from Nashville and Gallatin, TN, I started playing clarinet from 5th grade to 7th grade and then played Bassoon for a semester. It wasn’t until my freshman year at UT-Chattanooga in ’91 that I started playing trumpet. From that point on, I’ve been hooked. Since I was able to read music prior to playing trumpet, it was only a couple of months before I was performing in my first UTC Jazz Band II Concert (under the direction of Ken Kyle). A few years later, I made UTC Jazz Band I and was a featured jazz soloist (under the direction of Toney D’Andrea) until I left the university. All the while, I took UTC Marching Band (made Trumpet Section Leader) and UTC Concert Band under scholarship.
I eventually switched my major from Communications to Music Education and completed the following classes with honors: Music Theory, Music Ear Training, History of Rock-n-Roll, Brass Methods, and Woodwind Methods. I took four years of trumpet instruction under former co-principal trumpet of the Chattanooga Symphony, Dan Bowles. I also took a jazz class from Gordon Vernick of Georgia State.
I resumed my education at Chattanooga State and received an Architectural Technical Drafting Certification and pursued Drafting and Design as my day gig.
I have performed with, but not limited to: Mesa Rio, Chattanooga Monday Night Big Band, the Butch Cornell Trio, Big Band Atlanta, Dexter Bell Quintet, Touch-and-Deliver Gospel Group, Neshaan Bynum, Will Boyd, John Burroughs, Yottie Westfield, Jason Thompson(of Gran Torino), Irie Nation, Ogya (current), Milele Roots (current), Latina Tradicianal Orquesta Salsa Band (contract), Eclectic Roots Ensemble, and Rhythm Nation Corporate Band (contract).
I married in ’05 and moved to Atlanta by way of Chattanooga. There, I did Fire Sprinkler Design work by day and session and performance gigs by night. Due to employment opportunity, my wife, daughter and I moved to Knoxville at the turn of ’10 which has embraced and blessed us ever since. Go Vols! However, due to better music opportunities in April ‘11, we came back to where we know and love… Chattanooga!