Musician, Educator, and Copyist in Bothell, Washington
My story started with the trumpet: I began playing in 5th grade band and went on to receive a BA in music from Western Washington University. Chasing my dream to make a living playing trumpet, I moved to Boston and earned a master’s degree in Orchestral Studies from The New England Conservatory of Music. I launched my professional career in the northeast, playing in symphony orchestras and musical theatre pit orchestras for several years throughout New England.
As my journey continued, I freelanced in diverse settings from orchestras to jazz to recording studios and beyond; I taught private lessons, worked as a music engraver/copyist (I’ve done film scores as well as work for major music publishers) and spent time as an orchestra librarian.
Fast-forward to today, and I’m back home in the pacific northwest. Having completed my adventure with the trumpet, I am now playing trombone in horn sections of rock/funk/soul bands such as The Chris Poage Band and The Together Collective; I also play bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba in local big bands, chamber ensembles, and orchestras.
As a teacher, I’ve been at Puget Sound Community School for over 10 years, developing and implementing the music curriculum. I teach music theory and notation, facilitate book-discussion classes about musicianship and musicians (philosophy, history & appreciation), and lead ensembles of all levels in a variety of genres (jazz, soul, classic rock, folk, pop, drumline, chamber music).
I continue to maintain a small private teaching studio and am available for hire as a copyist, arranger, and low brass player.