Music & Band

A native of Denver, Colorado, I moved to Bozeman in 1989 after completing a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Arizona. I received a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (Music) from MSU (1991), where I was a GTA in Band and Percussion, and worked with the Spirit of the West Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. Previous teaching experience has included long-term substitute positions in Bozeman (Longfellow, Willson, Hawthorne), Willow Creek, two years as an Interim Instructor at MSU, and was a Coach/Librarian for the Montana Chamber Music Workshop from 1990-2008. This is my 11th year at Lamotte School, 29th year at Anderson School, 11th year as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at MSU (MUSI 428 - Gamelan Sekar Gunung), and in my 33rd year of teaching percussion lessons privately in Bozeman.

When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family including my wife Jackie (a flutist who recently retired as the Executive Director for Intermountain Opera, and is expanding a longtime catering business (prior to 20 years in arts administration with IOB and the Bozeman Symphony, owned a restaurant in Kirkland, oversaw 16 restaurants in five state as a CIA trained Executive Chef, which included the reopening of The Mint in Belgrade in 1996), daughter Teresa (a sophmore at The University of Montana in Missoula and a fourth generation Bozemanite), extended family in the area, and playing with several regional groups (Bozeman Symphony, Intermountain Opera, Montana Ballet and Helena Symphony Orchestras, Montana TheatreWorks/Ellen Theatre; chamber music groups PercOrchestra, and the Bozeman Trail Chamber Players).

Non-musical interests include photography, collecting National Geographics (completed as of summer 2017 all back to 1888 Volume I), and masks from other cultures (Balinese "Topeng" in particular). I also dabble in building websites for some fellow musician and artist friends, and volunteering with various Rotary community projects.

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