My interest in music began at a very early age. I started playing trumpet in the sixth grade and made it my primary instrument which I continued to play for many years after high school. Professionally, I was Principle Trumpet with the Richmond Pops for a number of years and played lead trumpet in off Broadway musicals and other public events as well as my own big band and small combo groups. I taught myself to play other instruments such as trombone (1st chair one year in high school and all county band), F Horn, clarinet, and Eb cornet. My first music director, Kenneth Henderson was a prolific composer of published band, ensemble works and instrument instructional book methods.
I wrote my first band piece at age 13 and under Mr. Henderson's mentoring, I learned a tremendous amount about composing and developed a passion for it. I had the great pleasure of meeting Alfred Reed on a number of occasions, and was able to gain some insight into his approach to composing. My senior year in high school, I composed a full Symphonic Orchestra arrangement of Sammy Nestico's "Portrait of A Trumpet", which was originally a trumpet solo with piano. My orchestra director liked it so well he included it as part pf the final spring concert in which I played the solo trumpet part. I had the chance to attend Julliard, but chose instead to take the business path in life (including owning a band booking agency for a few years). I never had any formal composition training beyond high school, but went on to compose arrangements for professional performers as well for my own professional swing & jazz bands. I have written my own songs (lyrics and music) both secular and religious. Several of my works have been performed publicly and I have received awards from song writing competitions.