Degree(s): MM Jazz Studies, University of North Texas, 2000
BM Saxophone Performance, University of New Mexico, 1998
Current Employment/Employer(s): freelance professional saxophonist
Former Employment/Employer(s): Michael Buble, lead saxophonist 2005-2014; Boston University, adjunct professor, 2005; The Hartt School, adjunct professor, 2005; University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Visiting Assistant Professor of saxophone and jazz studies, 2000-2001; UNT, Teaching Fellow, 1998-2000
Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities:
*Michael Buble, Chelsea Symphony, Alan Ferber Big Band, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Pablo Mayor's Folklore Urbano, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Rob Wilkerson Group (jazz ensemble primarily playing Rob's compositions and arrangements), and in demand as a freelance woodwind artist in NYC.
*Featured on two Grammy award winning albums by Michael Buble and on multiple Grammy award nominated albums by Alan Ferber, Darcy Argue, and Michael Buble.
Advice for Current Students: Work hard and take advantage of your time as a student as much as possible. It's a unique time for growth and you have access to diverse group of experts that will be rare in the professional world. Also, be nice.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? A life in music is truly a gift, however, it is more challenging than you could imagine. Make sure you are prepared for the business aspects of music. Unfortunately, it's often not just playing well and making art. Relationships are really important.