Degree(s): MM Music Education, Boston University, 2009
BS Music Education, Penn State University, 2003
Current Employment/Employer(s): Wallenpaupack Area School District (Hawley, PA), since August 2003
Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities: This is my 13th year as the band director at Wallenpaupack Area High School. I direct the marching band, symphonic band, concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, and spring musical pit orchestra. I am also the accompanist for the middle school choirs, and help out with the middle school band from time to time. I have also taught music electives including beginning piano, music appreciation, music technology, music theory I, and AP theory.
Advice for Current Students: Take advantage of your time in college to focus on yourself, and your musicianship. Play as much as you can, and LISTEN as much as you can. There may never be a time in your life when you have more opportunities to hear, and make, great music.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? I've been married for 13 years (this December). My wife Kelley is also a Penn State alum, and teaches second grade here at Wallenpaupack. We have two daughters, Nora (7) and Sara (4). They both love to sing and dance. Nora just started piano lessons...no saxophone yet. ☺ Sara tells me almost every day that, "When I'm in high school, I'm going to make a flute and play in your band, because you're my daddy".