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, 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 eighth year at Lamotte School and 26th year at Anderson School. I am also an Adjunct Instructor of Music at MSU (MUSI 428 - Gamelan Sekar Gunung), and in my 30th 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 (who is in 11th grade at Bozeman High School and a fourth generation Bozemanite), extended family in the area, and playing with several regional groups (Bozeman Symphony, Intermountain Opera and Montana Ballet 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.