Professor of Music – Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone, Jazz History and Improvisation
Office: Scheide 217
- Bachelor of Science in Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Master of Science in Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Jazz History and Improvisation
- Jazz Ensembles
Biography, Performance, and Research
Professor of Music, appointed 1986. B.S. and M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; D.M.A. in conducting in progress, University of Iowa. Paul Harris Scholar, Vienna Academy of Music and Conducting Fellow, Aspen Music School. ON LEAVE Fall Semester, 2010. Co-founder and Artistic Director, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, which has recorded two LP's and three CD’s and has performed with such jazz artists as Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie. Led this band each of past eighteen years at Annual Kennedy Center Honors Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., and on European tours in 1989 and 1992. As member of "Salute to Duke Ellington Orchestra," August 1989, toured Japan and Hong Kong. Has transcribed many recordings by Duke Ellington. Commissioned to transcribe over twenty jazz orchestrations for Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, directed by David Baker, and commissioned to transcribe jazz orchestrations for such artists as Dave Brubeck and Joe Williams. Transcriptions performed by the Count Basie and Woody Herman Orchestras and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Two of his transcriptions were performed by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra at The White House. Conducted the Wooster Symphony Chamber Orchestra with soprano Erie Mills at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Has engaged noted soloists including violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, hornist Eric Ruske, and pianist Misha Dichter to perform with Wooster Symphony Orchestra. Has engaged Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Al Grey and Milt Hinton as soloists with Wooster Jazz Ensemble. As Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, organized and developed in 1998–99 a yearly subscription series, the first ever presented by a professional jazz orchestra in Chicago. In 1999–2000 added the Wooster Jazz Ensemble to the Wooster Symphony Orchestra’s subscription series, making them the first symphony orchestra and jazz orchestra in history to present under the same leadership a year-long subscription series.