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 ninth year at Lamotte School, 27th year at Anderson School, and first year at Malmborg School. I am also an Adjunct Instructor of Music at MSU (MUSI 428 - Gamelan Sekar Gunung), and in my 31st year of teaching percussion lessons privately in Bozeman.
When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family including my wife Jackie (a flutist and Executive Director for Intermountain Opera Bozeman), daughter Teresa (a senior at Bozeman High School 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), 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.