Competitively selected for these festivals and received the following recognition:
All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble, tenor saxophone (selected as 1 of 2 tenors nationwide); National Association for Music Education, performing at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN (October 2014). Conducted by Robert J. Baca, Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
All-State Jazz Ensemble, tenor saxophone; Vermont Music Educator’s Assn. (2014 & 2015). Opened for The Wayne Shorter Quartet at Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
16th Annual University of Massachusetts High School Jazz Festival. Winning ensemble (Essex H.S., VT). 1st tenor and leader of woodwind section. Guest judge was Kenny Garrett (2014).
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Ed Bemis Scholarship, awarded to the outstanding high school jazz musician in Vermont (2015).
New England Music Festival Association, alto saxophone in Band (2014).
Vermont Music Educator’s Assn. District III Music Festival, 1st Chair, alto saxophone (2012 & 2013).
Tenor, alto, soprano and baritone sax since 2006.
University of North Texas, College of Music, (majored in jazz studies and applied jazz saxophone).
Interlochen Center for the Arts, High School Jazz Summer Program, studied saxophone under Bill Sears (summer 2014; received merit scholarship).
Dr. Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Workshop, Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin, where I studied classical saxophone with world-renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau (summer 2012; received merit scholarship).
Berklee College of Music,Day Sessions (summer 2011).
I have performed with these gifted
Grundlefunk: Original songs painted with funk and jazz hues, best described as a cross between Herbie Hancock and Tower of Power. My gigs included playing tenor sax at the 2017 Vermont Brewers Festival and other events.
Gnomedad: A cutting-edge ensemble from Burlington, VT. Gnomedad plays original compositions, combining
musicianship with technology.
The Real Deal: This extraordinary group debuted at Burlington Vermont's Discover Jazz Festival in 2007. Since then, they have become a leading Soul and Funk band in Vermont.
WYSIWYG Festival, Burlington, VT: Tenor sax with "Dave Grippo and the Vermont Student All-Stars" (2014).
Essex High School Jazz Band, Vermont: 1st Chair, tenor sax (2011-2015). Director Joshua Pauly. In 2014, we won the 16th Annual University of Massachusetts High School Jazz Festival. The guest judge was the extraordinary saxophonist, Kenny Garrett.