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March 7, 2018



Someone I admire once told me that being a musician meant combining the precision of a surgeon with the aesthetic of an artist. We have to be both precise and spiritual. And while I can’t speak for all instruments, the trumpet’s precision comes from the athletic, physi...

March 7, 2018

Early is on time, On time is late, and Late is fired. 

I know you’ve all heard this line before and I can feel your collective eyes rolling to the back of your heads, but why is this important to consider? 

It’s very simple: If you are hired to perform in something and...

February 14, 2018

I had great teachers-FANTASTICALLY AMAZING teachers! Amongst them is the immortal Roger Voisin. I learned so much from him-I don’t even wish to try and list them all-but as interested as he was in shaping me as a musician, he seemed equally interested in my progress a...

August 30, 2017

They say never to meet your heroes. I've been told the disappointment of meeting your hero can tarnish your love of that person's art.

Last week a dream of mine came true and I got to meet Brian May, the famous guitarist from Queen. His stunning guitar playing sings wit...

August 30, 2017

I'm a junkie. I admit it. I'm addicted to my cell phone. I'm not even typing this on a computer-I'm on my phone with my thumbs making typos because my fingers are fatter than the little buttons on the screen allow. 

I wasn't always this way. I had a great ability to lis...

August 30, 2017

Around this time, every year, I have the privilege of demonstrating the trumpet in middle school classrooms.  For most of the kids, its their first time hearing a trumpet in person and its always VERY cool to see their reactions as I play. 

This is a good time to rememb...

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