...teaching students to be lifelong learners, so they may participate in music for the rest of their lives.
I participate in many interests, hobbies, and activities. I grew up braving the cold and snow of Western New York, just outside the city of Buffalo. Music started at an early age for me, as I regularly sang in my elementary school chorus. In the summer after 3rd grade, I excitedly signed up for the school band, asking my parents to play a BIG instrument...and we settled on the trombone. It was nearly as tall as me when I had my first lesson!
I immediately fell in love with playing in the band, and by the end of high school I was performing in every possible group. Along with my musical passions, I enjoy competing in all sports, and I still participate in local social leagues playing kickball, wiffleball, volleyball, and a personal favorite, broomball! I also enjoy card games, lawn games, socializing with friends, traveling, and navigating an exciting life with my wife and daughter.
My love of performing motivated me to attend the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance on trombone.
My desire to spread my passion in music led me to attend graduate school at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music, where I acheived a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Education.
I am currently a Middle School Band Director for Richmond City Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia. My teaching career began in 2006, and has brought me to many elementary schools in the city, including Bellevue, Blackwell, Cary, Holton, Munford, and Stuart Elementary schools, and most recently, Binford Middle. At Binford, I was nominated for 2021-22 Teacher of the Year.
In addition to my instrumental teaching duties, I have taught for the Holton Elementary After School Enrichment Program, teaching classes such as Chess Club and Soccer, and also taught classes for the Holton Summer Camp program. Outside of RPS, I enjoy teaching private music lessons to new and continuing musicians.