COMPOSER FUN FACTS

Where I Went to School

  • The Crane School of Music (SUNY - Potsdam) - Music Education

  • The University of Texas - Instrumental Conducting

Influential Professors

  • Composition - Robert Washburn

  • Orchestration - Arthur Frackenpohl

  • Trumpet - Ray Crisara, John Schorge, Fred “Moe” Snyder

  • Conducting - Anthony Maiello, Tom Lee, Glen Adsit

31 Years of Public School Teaching

  • Stephen F. Austin High School - Austin, TX

  • Lake Travis High School and Middle School (I opened the school!!!) - Austin, TX

  • Westwood High School - Round Rock, TX

  • Ardsley High School - Ardsley, NY

  • Old Saybrook Middle School - Old Saybrook, CT

Conducting Gigs - Past and Present

  • Musical Director, City of Austin Summer Musicals - Austin, TX

  • Visiting Conductor, Westfield State College - Westfield, MA

  • Clinician, All-Cape Festival High School Band - MA

  • Clinician, Rockland All-County High School Band - NY

  • Guest Conductor, Crane Concert Band - Potsdam, NY

  • Guest Conductor, University of Wisconsin (La Crosse)

  • Assistant Director of The Band of the Hills - Cedar Park,TX

  • Associate Director of Music - St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church - Buda, TX

Music Organizations

  • NafME

  • CMEA

  • TMEA

  • ASBDA

  • Phi Beta Mu

Composing/Arranging/Orchestrating

Concert Band Commissions:

  • “The Best Man” - Lyme-Old Lyme High School

  • “Overture in Search of a Show” - Phi Beta Mu (CT Chapter)

  • “Fanfare and Jubilation” - Crane Concert Band

  • “Though I Walk Through the Valley” - Johnson High School

  • “Acadia Celebration Overture” - Acadia Wind Ensemble

Orchestrations:

  • The Longhorn Singers - Austin, TX

  • Christ Episcopal Church - San Antonio, TX

  • St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church - Buda, TX

Trumpet Instructor

  • Hoff-Barthelson School of Music - Scarsdale, NY

  • The Hartt School of Music Community Division - Hartford, CT

  • Hays Central Independent School District - Kyle, TX

Trumpet Performance

  • Goodspeed Musicals (21 years!!) - East Haddam, CT

  • Yorktown Regional Theater - Yorktown Heights, NY

  • Shubert Theater - New Haven,CT

  • Theater by the Sea - Matunuck, RI

  • Ice Capades, Texas Rodeo, Ringling, Shrine, and Clyde Beatty Cole Circuses, Big Band Sound of Austin, Classical Brass Quintet

Famous Folks I Played For

  • Andy Williams

  • Shari Lewis

  • Dionne Warwick

  • Harry Blackstone Jr.

  • Regis Philbin

  • Leslie Gore

  • Bobby Rydel

  • Connie Francis