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Wayne State University

M.M., Jazz Performance


Anticipated 2008

Madonna University

B.A, Music Management

Anticipated 2008



The University of Michigan

B.M., Trombone Performance

1996 - 1999


The New England Conservatory of Music


1994 - 1996





Current Positions:



Faculty-Artist on Trombone, Bay View Music Festival.  Duties include applied instruction and recruitment of college trombone students, student brass quintet coachings, and performances as both a chamber musician and soloist in front of audiences up to 1,500 people. 



2004 - present

Past Positions:


Instructor of Trombone, The University of Toledo.  Duties included applied instruction and recruitment of all trombone students (graduate and undergraduate), student brass chamber coachings, studio classes, rehearsing and performing with the faculty brass quintet.




2000 - 2002

Instructor of Low Brass, Albion College.  Duties included applied instruction and recruitment of all low brass students (trombone, euphonium, tuba),Teaching Music appreciation (6 sections of 50 students each)


2001 - 2002

School for the Performing Arts – Ann Arbor.  Duties consisted of teaching all low brass.


2001 - 2002



Metropolitan Youth Symphony Concerto Competition (yearly)



2006 - present


Recent Student Accomplishments:


Andrew Mitchell - Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition Semifinals (2006); Finalist, 2006 Western Michigan University Concerto Competition





Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – trombone, bass trumpet

September 2005

Santo Domingo Music Festival - principal trombone

March 2005

Sarasota Opera Orchestra - second trombone

January 2004 – April 2004

Detroit Symphony Orchestra - interim second trombone (Jan 2003 – June 2003);  interim second trombone for extended periods during the 1999 - 2001 seasons,  substitute on principal, second, and bass trombone

1998 - present


Toledo Symphony - interim second trombone (Aug. 2000 – Aug. 2001); substitute on principal, second, and bass trombone

1998 - present

Windsor Symphony Orchestrasubstitute on principal, second, and bass trombone

2001 - present

Pine Mountain Music Festival, principal trombone

June/July 2001

Singapore Symphony Orchestra, guest principal trombone

 Jan. 2001

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, guest principal trombone

July 2000

Michigan Opera Theater, substitute on tenor and bass trombone        

 2000 – present

Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra, co-principal trombone

1997 - 1999

Philharmonic Orchestra of Palermo, Sicily, acting principal trombone

Fall 1999

Music Academy of the West, fellowship student

Summer 1999





Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.  The purpose of the Silk Road Project is to illuminate the Silk Road’s historical contribution to the diffusion of art and culture, identify current voices that best represent this cultural legacy, and support new collaborations among artists.  Involved in chamber music performances across the U.S and Canada, including concerts at Carnegie Hall.

1999 - 2002

Motor City Brass Quintet, founding member and manager (

2000 - present

Avatar Brass Quintet, substitute

2004 - present

Detroit Chamber Winds, substitute on tenor and bass trombone and euphonium

1999 - present

University of Toledo Faculty Brass Quintet.

2000 - 2002

Michigan Chamber Brass, member

1999 - present

Bay View Brass, faculty quintet at the Bay View Music Festival

2004 - present

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, fellowship student

Summer 1997





Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, Alexandre Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Concerto for trombone and orchestra

May 2005

Toledo Symphony, Music Under the Stars Series,  E. Loffler’s Posaune Bravour and Arthur Pryor’s Razzazza-Mazzazza

August 2001

Birmingham-Bloomfield Orchestra, Launy Grondahl’s Concerto for trombone and orchestra

May 2000

Atrio Palazzo delle Aquile, Palermo, Sicily, Eric Ewazen’s Sonata for trombone and piano

October 1999

Britton Recital Hall, University of Michigan.  Lars-Erik Larsson’s Concertino for trombone and string orchestra and Darius Milhaud’s Concertino d’Hiver for trombone and string orchestra

November 1997

Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Bozza’s Ballade for trombone and orchestra

February 1997

Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, Ferdinand David’s Concertino for trombone and orchestra


February 1993





Motor City Horns, founding member of this horn section for-hire.  Recent tours have included tours with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band as well as Clarence Clemons, of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band (

2000 – present

Saoco, member of Detroit’s leading latin/salsa band. Venues have included Orchestra Hall in Detroit and many area festivals (

2003 – present

Detroit Commercial Freelance Musician, performances accompanying artists including: Debbie Gibson, Gladys Knight, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the O’Jays, and the Fifth Dimension.

1999 – present

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, lead trombonist with this award winning modern jazz ensemble based in Detroit

1999 - 2003

Henry Mancini Institute Big Band, fellowship student, performances with Terrance Blanchard, Patti Austin, Bill Watrous, Patrick Williams, and Jerry Goldsmith

Summer 2000


Recordings for radio and television (i.e. Toyota, Arby’s, etc...) at studios in Detroit and Toledo.





The Rat Pack Tribute, tenor trombone

Detroit: June – July 2005; Sept. – Dec. 2006

Annie, lead trombone

Detroit: February 2006

Chicago, tuba

Detroit: February 2006

The King and I, bass trombone

Detroit: January 2005

The Producers, lead trombone

Toledo: November 2004

Chicago, tenor trombone

Lansing: November 2004

Thoroughly Modern Millie, bass trombone/tuba

Detroit: October 2004

Camelot, bass trombone

Detroit: September 2004

Chicago, lead trombone

Detroit: April 2004

The Producers, tenor trombone

Detroit: November 2003 – January 2004





Paul Paray Symphonies (2006)

Assumption Grotto Orchestra


Blues in the Night (2006)

Sheila Landis and Rick Matel


The Movement (2005)

Kenny Flav Presents Wayne Kounty


Rouge (2004)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra


Artemis Troublee: Music of Paul Paray (2003)

The Assumption Grotto Orchestra        


Innocent Things (2003)

Charlie Dentel with the Motor City Horns


Sylvan Koltyk (2003)

The Winds of the Ukraine Orchestra


Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet (2002)

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble


Basement Vibes (2002)

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra featuring Marcus Belgrave


Season of Hope (2002)

The Brothers Groove featuring the Motor City Horns


Low-Down (1999)

The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble





Mel Wanzo Scholarship, Wayne State University

$2500 cash award to an outstanding jazz student, 2005-2006.


First Prize, Concerto Competition

Bohemian Club of Detroit, 1998.





The Rotary Club of Detroit, April 2000

A Brief History of the Trombone





Founder and President of Brassjar Music.  Divisions include: Artist Management, Music Publishing, and Musician Contracting. (

2000 - present

Business and Referral Service Agent, Detroit Federation of Musicians, Local 5.  Established and organized this new department and service for Local 5.  Maintained a database of musicians and groups of Local 5 members.  Booked musicians and handled contracts for a variety of engagements in the Detroit area.

Jan. 2001 – Oct. 2001

Office Manager, Ann Arbor Federation of Musicians, Local 625.  Managed day-to-day affairs of Local 625.  Processed new member accounts.  Organized quarterly and yearly dues billing cycle.   Maintained the general membership database.  Maintained a database of musicians and groups of Local 625 members.  Booked musicians and handled contracts for a variety of engagements in the Ann Arbor area.

Dec. 1999 - May 2000

Marketing Department Intern, Boston Lyric Opera. Assisted in designing a children’s guide to the opera.


June 1996 - August 1996

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Community Collaborations, New England Conservatory of Music.  Duties included maintaining a database and researching articles and books used by the Director.  Acted as a liaison between the Director and community collaborators.


January 1996 - June 1996





Member, American Federation of Musicians

Member, American Symphony Orchestra League

Member, International Trombone Association

Member, International Association of Jazz Educators

Member, Recording Academy - Grammy Foundation (voting member)

Member, Motor City Music Foundation





Dr. Andrew Bishop

Assistant Professor of Music/Albion College



Jacob Cameron

Instructor of Tuba

Wright State University


Christopher Collins

Director of Jazz Studies/Wayne State University



Dave Everson

Assistant Principal French Horn/Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Adjunct Professor of French Horn/The University of Michigan



Randall Hawes

Bass Trombonist/Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Adjunct Professor of Trombone/Northwestern University



Maury Okun

Executive Director/Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings

Principal Trombone/Michigan Opera Theatre



James Pugh

Trombone soloist and recording artist

Professor of Trombone/University of Illinois



Alan Taplin

French Horn/Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Instructor of French Horn/University of Toledo



Kenneth Thompkins

Principal Trombone/Detroit Symphony Orchestra



Scott Thornburg

Professor of Trumpet/Western Michigan University

Principal Trumpet/Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra



Jarod Vermette

Principal Trombone/Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra