While attending Southern Oregon University, I have had the opportunity to play with some of the best percussionist's across the USA as part of SOU's Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Terry Longshore. Some of my highlights include playing the ‘Premier of 30’ by Mark Applebaum at The Percussive Arts Society International Convention ~ 2013 (image at left), as well as premiering more than five other new compositions at The Oregon Center for The Arts (Click on the image at left or the title to read more about my time with SOU's Percussion Ensemble).
During my first year at Southern Oregon University, an interesting and quite possibly life-changing event happened to me. Tom Berich of Pan USA showed up at our percussion studio with a load of steel pans and asked "Who wants to play?" Tom performed a clinic for our percussion studio and then invited us up to play his pans. I was instantly hooked. It’s now been almost two years and Maraval Road Steel Band has toured Oregon, opened for ‘The Beach Boys’ at Britt Festivals (image at left), and has orchestrated multiple local clinics and workshops. To learn more about what I've done with ‘Maraval Road’ and steel pans, click the link at top or the image at left.
My first three years of college were spent at College of the Siskiyous (COS) in Weed, California studying under John Aviani, the acclaimed jazz drummer of Fresh Fire, musical historian and theorist Lloyd Elliot, music and administration expert Sean Abel, as well as the Hal Leonard composer, Roger Emerson. While attending COS I played with almost every ensemble including the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Big-Band Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, Pep Band, and various Jazz Combos. To view videos and read more about my time at COS click the title or the image at left.
Through-out college and other career positions, I have maintained a steady stream of non-collegiate working gigs with local bands and artists, as well as teaching percussion. I currently have four students, I volunteer at Ashland Middle School as a consultant and mentor for percussion, and I work forBritt Festivals Rock Camp, teaching drum set in both group and private settings. I've participated in several professional studio recording sessions, and am the on-call drummer for the many local acts needing a drummer to sit-in on gigs. On top of all of that, I am also a permanent member of several bands that are currently on hiatus. To view video examples and read more about my solo projects, click the title or the image at left.