Originally from northern Virginia, I moved to El Paso, Texas in 1983. I now reside in Dallas where I remain busy as a web developer and freelance bass trombonist. For the past 13 years, I have split time between school, performing, and teaching in the DFW area. Not wanting to live the life of a starving musician, in 2000 I learned the techniques necessary to design and code web sites. After designing bassbone.com, I was asked by friends and acquaintances to develop a number of small sites. These early projects provided me with the experience I needed in order to make this my primary vocation.
My first big break came when the Edwards Co. hired me to develop an e-commerce site in the summer of 2001. Not only was this my first big contract, it was for the company that made the horn I had played for a decade.
I perform in a variety of ensembles in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. I was a member of the Sambuca Big Band from 1995 to 2000. I have also played in the Collection Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the Rick Stitzel Big Band, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. I have performed with Elvis - The Concert (great bass bone book), Slide Hampton, Bobby Caldwell, Ralph Carmichael, Chris Riddle, Harry Connick, Sr., and Frank Sinatra Jr.
On the symphonic side, I was bass trombonist in the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra for three years. Other performance credits include the Tulsa Philharmonic, East Texas Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Plano Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Texas Wind Symphony, Lewisville Lake Symphony, and the Bluebonnet Brass.
In May 2000, I was fortunate to tour with Spiritual to the Bone, a group founded by trombone players from the Salvation Army Band. Instrumentation is 10 trombones and rhythm. They play hymns and spirituals in a very exciting jazz setting. Arrangers Stephen Bulla, Bill Broughton, and Eric Alexander make this group sound fantastic. It was a lot of fun playing with these guys. The tour ended when Herb Bruce and I drove through a tornado in northern Oklahoma!
In January 1997, I performed with the United States Air Force Falconaires at the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention in Chicago. I also joined the band on a 10-day tour of Wisconsin that concluded with a performance at the Green Bay Jazz Festival (The wind chill was usually around 30-40 below). This band has some great players and arrangers.
I recently completed a one-year position as low brass instructor at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. The job entailed me driving to San Angelo each week to teach a studio of nine students. The round-trip total was 545 miles. A lot of mouthpiece buzzing was occurring at 80 miles an hour!
I received a Master of Music in trombone performance from the University of North Texas in May 1999. While there, I studied with Vern Kagarice, Royce Lumpkin, and Jan Kagarice. I played in the One O'Clock Lab Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Choir, and the award-winning Jazz Trombone Ensemble (now Slide Tradition). I performed with many artists while at North Texas, including Christian Lindberg, Slide Hampton, Ben van Dijk, Bill Watrous, Peter Erskine, and Jim McNeely, to name a few. I can be heard on numerous One O'Clock and Wind Symphony albums.
The trombone studio received many honors and awards while I was in Denton. The Jazz Trombone Ensemble (now Slide Tradition) performed as the Kai Winding recipient at the International Trombone Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The festival was fantastic, especially performances by bass trombonists Dave Taylor, Bill Reichenbach, and Ben van Dijk. All three are tremendous players in completely different ways.
In March of 2000, the UNT Jazz Bones won the inaugural National Jazz Trombone Ensemble/Capitol Bones Competition. We performed at the Eastern Trombone Workshop as the opening act for the Capitol Bones and the Army Blues. Members of the group are Paul Compton (lead), Zach Giffel (jazz), Michael Lucke (jazz), Steve Smith (jazz), Jeff Valentine (jazz), and me (bass). Paul is the leader of the group, as he does most of the work and plays the highest notes.
In 1999, I won the ITA's Donald Yaxley Memorial Scholarship. As a result, I performed the Gregson Tuba Concerto at the ITF in Potsdam, New York. The trombone choir also performed at the same festival, as winner of the Emory Remington Choir Competition. Max and Heinrich Thein loaned a contrabass trombone to the school, and I played it on much of the concert. The Bravura Trombone Octet, a student-led ensemble, won Downbeat Magazine's College Classical Chamber Group award in 1999 and 2000.
Prior to North Texas, I studied with Andrew Russell at the University of Texas at Arlington. I received a Bachelor of Music (Music Business), cum laude, in May 1996. UTA allowed for many performance opportunities. The Trombone Choir won the Remington Choir competition in 1995 and was featured at the Las Vegas ITF. Later the same year, the Jazz Orchestra traveled to Europe to perform at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. One notable performance on the trip was in the town of Bad Koenigshofen, Arlington's sister city in Germany. The entire town came to the concert, and the band was treated to a canon salute.