Band fame, and throughout college at Indiana University I studied with Tom Walsh, who is a great jazz and classical player that really knows how to bring out the individualism in each student. I also mentored under tenor great Eric Alexander
I knew I wanted to play music for a career when I was in eighth grade. I was a member of a jazz big band directed by two great musicians and teachers, Mike Fitzgerald and Robert Rietzke. I remember thinking to myself at that age, "This is going to be a tough career, but you need to decide if you will do it for a living."
Your sound and approach to music:
My major influences specific to sound are Stan Getz
. I am most true to myself when I'm not thinking about execution and just trying to create beautiful melodies.
Your teaching approach:
My teaching philosophy is based on the rudiments of music and diversity. I make sure my students have a good sound; know their scales, chords, practice their rhythm and reading ability, listen to all styles of music and see live music.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
The first jazz album given to me was The Essential Stan Getz. I really fell in love with it, particularly his playing with strings. I then went out and bought The Essential Charlie Parker. After that, I could not stop buying jazz records.