Updated: Nov 5
Q: How did you get started playing the trumpet?
A: I first found out about the trumpet in kindergarten when my brother signed up for band to play trumpet, and later found out my father had also played trumpet when he was in school. He always told me he was taught by a member from "Bill Deal and the Rhondels," a popular beach band. After finding out those things, I knew I wanted to be in band. Instrument tryout day happened and I told my teacher Mr. Gosnell how "I'm gonna play trumpet," here I am many years later, playing trumpet at the professional level.
Q: Who is your favorite composer and why?
A: I don't necessarily have a favorite piece or composer and I usually go through seasons of specific pieces or composers. Some of my favorite listens are music by Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, and Igor Stravinsky. I truly feel they are composing with their own personalities and unique properties. Though their music can be rather difficult to play or to listen to, I find it very fulfilling and it makes my ears work in different ways.
Q: Why is music important to you?
A: Music is important to me because I truly think it saves. I know it sounds super cliché, but its a true statement, who could truly live without music? Imagine driving to work and you didn't have a radio? Imagine going to work out and they played no music? What about when you go shopping or go to the pool? The list truly could go on, and that's why music is important to me.
Q: What is your teaching philosophy?
A: Without getting too deep into my physical teaching philosophy, my goals are to not only achieve the goals of that particular student, but to enable them to problem solve on their own, learn how to take positive risks, become better members of society, and simply learn to have fun making music!