I. University Classical and Jazz Trumpet Teaching Qualifications


  • Thirty years of experience as trumpet pedagogue and performer in college and community settings, including private instruction, ensembles, conducting, theory, ear-training, composition, arranging and classroom teaching
  • Doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees reflecting versatility in classical and jazz idioms
  • Successful recruitment and retention of students in private studio and ensembles through collaborations with area high schools, brass quintet performances, clinics, masterclasses and social media
  • Placement of students in local, regional and national competitions, youth orchestras, colleges and universities
  • Professional performance and leadership experience in all genres of classical and jazz, popular/rock and contemporary music
  • Achievements in fund-raising, community outreach, management and administration
  • History of successful grant writing to fund guest artists’ campus performances and workshops


II. University Trumpet, Jazz and Ensemble Teaching, Recruiting and Grant Writing


College of St. Rose                                                                                                                                                                                 Albany, NY

Adjunct Instructor                                                                                                                                                                                    2016 - 2017

  • Taught High Brass Instrumental Methods (Trumpet and French Horn) to undergraduate music majors and minors
  • Offered specialized instruction and observations to music education majors based on personal/professional experience as a 3rd -12th grade educator
  • Emphasized proper breathing techniques and concepts, posture and tone development


Union College                                                                                                                                                                               Schenectady, NY

Adjunct Instructor                                                                                                                                                                                2011 - Present

  • Teach applied trumpet lessons to undergraduate music majors and minors
  • Perform with and instruct brass students during orchestra rehearsals and sectionals                                                              


Schenectady County Community College                                                                                                                                 Schenectady, NY

Adjunct Instructor                                                                                                                                                                                2006 - Present

  • Teach applied and jazz trumpet lessons to undergraduate music majors and minors
  • Lessons emphasize breath and air delivery, posture, relaxation, tone, ease of production, embouchure development and balance and music making
  • Work as liaison between college and area high schools, recruit students through e-mail contact list, social media and word of mouth
  • Offer brass masterclasses through the Capital Region Wind Ensemble’s (ensemble-in-residence) program to select high school students invited to perform side-by-side with ensemble members


Dutchess Community College                                                                                                                                                   Poughkeepsie, NY

Adjunct Instructor                                                                                                                                                                                     2002 -2005

  • Taught applied trumpet lessons and provided instruction in jazz improvisation and ear-training to undergraduates


SUNY @ Stony Brook                                                                                                                                                                 Stony Brook, NY

Director, Seawolves Pep Band                                                                                                                                                                1999 - 2000

  • Directed the university’s first pep band. Oversaw all administrative duties, recruited student musicians, supervised musical selection and purchases, organized rehearsals, coordinated special events with cheerleaders, student spirit groups and athletic support staff. Developed a scholarship and benefits program to attract and retain members. Conducted performances at football, basketball games and other college events

Director, Stony Brook Jazz Ensemble                                                                                                                                                     1998 - 1999

  • Invited several guest artists/clinicians (including Joanne Brackeen) and other performers to campus and arranged and conducted their original music
  • Managed all affairs of the ensemble including concert publicity and community involvement
  • Initiated grant writing and fund-raising efforts to enable guest artists to perform at our fall and spring concerts

Graduate Teacher, Trumpet Studio                                                                                                                                                          1997 - 2000

  • Taught applied and jazz trumpet lessons weekly to undergraduate music majors and non-music majors


SUNY @ Geneseo                                                                                                                                                                               Geneseo, NY

Director (Substitute), Geneseo Jazz Ensemble                                                                                                                                       Spring 1994

  • Directed rehearsals with the jazz ensemble and performed in concert
  • Emphasized and discussed diverse styles in big band and small group performance practice


University of Illinois                                                                                                                                                                              Urbana, IL

Graduate Teacher                                                                                                                                                                                     1991 - 1992

  • Directed Jazz Band IV, Jazz Combo I and Jazz Combo II. Provided instruction in improvisation, arranging and composition
  • Jazz Combo I was selected to compete in the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival Competition in Chicago

Instructor, Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp (ISYM)                                                                                                                     Summer 1992

  • Taught advanced jazz improvisation, offered tutorials in jazz theory and ear-training


III. Other Music Director, Clinician and Music Teaching Experience


Empire State Youth Orchestra                                                                                                                                                            Albany, NY

Trumpet/Brass Ensemble Coach, Adjudicator                                                                                                                                    2006 - Present

  • Conduct brass ensemble sectionals throughout the year
  • Assist Youth Orchestra Music Director at preliminary and seating auditions
  • Conduct trumpet and brass sectionals during annual weekend retreat at Frost Valley
  • Emphasize basics such as good tone, pitch and breath support as well as direction in musical style, intonation, listening skills and balance


Paul Effman Music Service                                                                                                                                                                 Albany, NY  Regional Manager and Music Director                                                                                                                                               2000 - Present

  • Manage, direct and oversee band programs in twenty schools, serving nearly 400 students at parochial and private schools, grades 1 through 12
  • Administrative duties include teacher evaluations and working closely with school principals and parents
  • Schedule and lead instrumental demonstrations, distribute, collect and repair instruments as needed, maintain music library and inventory, recruit students, schedule and coach group lessons, band rehearsals and concerts
  • Organize and conduct the Capital Region Honor Band Festival which features over 100 of the best young musicians representing the schools we serve


American Festival for the Arts (Summer Festival)                                                                                                                         Houston, TX

Teaching Artist                                                                                                                                                                                        2000 - 2002

  • Served as Interim Director of the Jazz Studies Department in 2002
  • Collaborated with the other departments within the Festival and assisted at concerts and fund-raising events
  • Taught classical and jazz trumpet, jazz improvisation, theory/ear-training and coached brass ensembles
  • Performed with the faculty brass quintet and jazz combo


Freelance Artist                                                                                                                                                                                     Albany, NY

Guest Artist and Clinician                                                                                                                                                                   2000 - Present

  • Offer master classes and clinics in classical and jazz performance in regional high schools
  • Coach large and small ensembles such as big bands, jazz combos and brass ensembles
  • National Trumpet Competition – alternate judge and ensemble performances
  • International Trumpet Guild – recording reviews


The Harley School                                                                                                                                                                            Rochester, NY

Music Director (Substitute)                                                                                                                                                                         Fall 1994

  • Directed the band, orchestra and jazz/rock ensemble comprising of students in grades 5 through 12


IV. University Writing and General Teaching Experience


SUNY @ Stony Brook                                                                                                                                                                 Stony Brook, NY

Graduate Teacher, English Creative Writing                                                                                                                                           1997 - 1998

  • Taught Freshman level course in the areas of narrative/essay writing, argumentative/persuasive writing and text analysis


Frederick County Public Schools                                                                                                                                     Frederick County, MD

Substitute Teacher                                                                                                                                                                                   Spring 1997

  • Taught math, music, English, science and special education classes to students in grades kindergarten through high school.


V. Former Students’ Achievements


  • Olivia Achcet – Senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, Principal Trumpet with ESYO, Niskayuna High School Concerto Competition winner, Finalist at the National Trumpet competition (private student 2016 - 2018)


  • Andrew Dame – Trumpet major at Oberlin, Principal Trumpet with ESYO, Guilderland High School Concerto Competition winner (private student 2014 - 2017)


  • Leonard Bopp – Trumpet and Conducting Major at Williams College, Principal Trumpet with ESYO, Julliard Pre-College, Finalist at the National Trumpet Competition (private student 2012 - 2015)


  • Anthony Bellino – First place winner at National Trumpet Competition (high school division) and second place winner (middle school division) at NTC; First place winner with ESYO Concerto Competition, trumpet major and Concerto Competition winner at Northwestern University and Rice University, current member of the “Presidents Own United States Marine Band” (private student 1998 - 2011)


VI. Classical and Jazz Trumpet Performance Degrees


State University of New York                                                                                                                                                     Stony Brook, NY

D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance                                                                                                                                                         Awarded 2000

  • Performance and studies emphasizing recital playing, including five full recitals
  • Studies in Baroque performance practice and performance experience with contemporary music ensemble
  • Completed special project involving the arrangement, performance and recording of an original composition Autumn Rhapsody - Suite for Jazz Ensemble


Eastman School of Music                                                                                                                                                                 Rochester, NY

M.M. in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media                                                                                                                                 Awarded 1994

  • Classical trumpet lessons emphasized beauty of sound, ease of production
  • Weekly clinic and master-class presentations
  • Intensive studies in jazz pedagogy, history, arranging, jazz piano skills
  • Arranged and performed original composition Moonbeams In The Sun with the Eastman Studio Orchestra


University of Kentucky                                                                                                                                                                   Lexington, KY

M.M. in Trumpet Performance                                                                                                                                                            Awarded 1991

  • Lessons emphasized performance practice in solo and orchestral works
  • Studies in contemporary music of American composers
  • Specialized studies in 20th century performance and analysis, counterpoint and symphonic literature
  • Completed special project involving the transcription and arrangement of Michael Brecker’s composition Itsbynne Reel for the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble


University of Miami                                                                                                                                                                    Coral Gables, FL

B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Performance                                                                                                                                       Awarded 1988

  • Classical trumpet lessons emphasized basics of tone production, technique, musicianship, literature
  • Performance studies and experience incorporating large and small jazz ensemble performance practice and literature with emphasis on contemporary styles and studio playing
  • Intensive studies in jazz composition and arranging styles, conducting, improvisation, piano skills, ear-training and jazz history


VII. Principal Trumpet Teachers


Chris Gekker, Susan Radcliff - SUNY @ Stony Brook                                                                                                                          1997 - 2000

Barbara Butler - Eastman School of Music                                                                                                                                             1993 - 1994

Ray Sasaki, Michael Ewald - University of Illinois                                                                                                                                1991 - 1992

Vincent DiMartino - University of Kentucky                                                                                                                                          1988 - 1990

Gilbert Johnson - University of Miami                                                                                                                                                   1986 - 1988


VIII. Composition and Arranging Teachers


Fred Sturm, Bill Dobbins - Eastman School of Music                                                                                                                            1993 - 1994

Morgan Powell - University of Illinois                                                                                                                                                   1991 - 1992

Ron Miller, Gary Lindsay - University of Miami                                                                                                                                   1984 - 1988


IX. Orchestral and Chamber Principal and Section Trumpet Positions


SCCC Concert Brass Quintet                                                                                                                                                     Schenectady, NY

Co-Principal Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                              2010 - 2016

  • Co-Founder - formed as a means of engaging the local community with the college and effective recruiting through masterclasses and clinics
  • Committed to the performance of contemporary music


Battenkill Chorale                                                                                                                                                                          Greenwich, NY

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                2010 - Present


Berkshire Brass Quintet                                                                                                                                                                       Albany, NY

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                2008 - Present


Saratoga Choral Festival                                                                                                                                                    Saratoga Springs, NY

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                2008 - Present


Albany Pro Musica                                                                                                                                                                               Albany, NY

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                2008 - Present


Glens Falls Symphony                                                                                                                                                                   Glens Falls, NY

Substitute Principal and Section Trumpet                                                                                                                                           2007 - Present

  • Soloist and Principal Trumpet for Pops Concert Summer Series


Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys                                                                                                                                                      Albany, NY

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                2007 - Present


Capital Region Wind Ensemble                                                                                                                                                  Schenectady, NY

Substitute Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                               2007 - Present


Albany Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                                                              Albany, NY

Regular Extra and Substitute Trumpet                                                                                                                                                2006 - Present


Albany Symphony Brass Quintet                                                                                                                                                        Albany, NY

Co-Principal Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                          2006 - Present


Tri-City Brass Quintet                                                                                                                                                                          Albany, NY Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                2006 - Present


Octavo Singers                                                                                                                                                                              Schenectady, NY

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                               2006 - Present 


Schenectady Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                                             Schenectady, NY

Substitute Principal and Section Trumpet                                                                                                                                           2005 - Present

  • Principal Trumpet on Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition


Mohawk Valley Chorus                                                                                                                                                                Amsterdam, NY

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 - Present


New York Repertory Orchestra                                                                                                                                                      New York, NY

Substitute Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                  2001 - 2005


Penfield Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                                                           Penfield, NY

Principal and Section Trumpet                                                                                                                                      September - December 1994


Greece Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                                                               Greece, NY

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                       July 1994


Genesee Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                                                            Batavia, NY

Principal Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                       May 1993


Champaign-Urbana Symphony                                                                                                                                                    Champaign, IL

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                     April - October 1992


Danville Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                                                            Danville, IL

Section Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                                  1992


Lincolnland Brass Quintet, Air Force Band of the Midwest                                                                                 Chanute Air Force Base, IL

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                   May 1990 - July 1991


Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra                                                                                                                                                         Buffalo, NY

Extra Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                                          1984 - 1986


X. Select Trumpet Solo and Recital Performances


Binnekill Chamber Orchestra                                                                                                                                                    Schenectady, NY

Trumpet Soloist                                                                                                                                                                                   2012 - Present

  • Highlighted performances include World Premiere performance of Brett Wery’s Three Conversations with Coffee for trumpet, oboe and string orchestra; soloist on Aaron Copland’s Quiet City


Schenectady Public Library -Trumpet Recital                                                                                                                         Schenectady, NY

Shared Recital                                                                                                                                                                                        August 2012


First United Presbyterian Church - Trumpet (X3)                                                                                                                                Troy, NY

Shared Recital                                                                                                                                                                                             June 2012


St. Pius X Church - Trumpet Recital                                                                                                                                          Loudonville, NY

Shared Recital                                                                                                                                                                                        August 2011


Burnt Hills Oratorio Society                                                                                                                                                         Burnt Hills, NY

Principal and Section Trumpet                                                                                                                                                          December 2009

  • Soloist on J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio


Guilderland Town Band                                                                                                                                                              Guilderland, NY

Cornet Soloist                                                                                                                                                                                              July 2009

  • Herbert L. Clarke’s From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific


St. Clement’s Church - Plenty of Trumpets                                                                                                                      Saratoga Springs, NY

Shared Recital                                                                                                                                                                                       January 2009


Maverick Concerts                                                                                                                                                                         Woodstock, NY

Trumpet Soloist                                                                                                                                                                                      August 2007

  • World Premiere of David Del Tredici’s Final Alice (Re-orchestrated version)


Dutchess Community College - Faculty Recital                                                                                                                      Poughkeepsie, NY

Shared Recital                                                                                                                                                                                       October 2004


XI. Jazz and Commercial Performance, Composition and Arranging Experience


Lincoln Center/Broadway Productions (National Tour)                                                                                                          Schenectady, NY

Lead and split lead trumpet                                                                                                                                                                 2009 - Present


Empire Jazz Orchestra                                                                                                                                                                Schenectady, NY

Trumpet and Composer                                                                                                                                                                           2005 - 2016


New York Players/Body and Soul                                                                                                                                                        Albany, NY

Trumpet and Arranger                                                                                                                                                                         2005 - Present


Huis Ten Bosch Resort                                                                                                                                                                 Nagasaki, Japan

Trumpet and Arranger                                                                                                                                                                             1995 - 1997

  • Co-lead Dixieland and Latin Bands and Brass Quintet
  • Wrote numerous arrangements for dixieland, latin and salsa bands (see section XIV)


Gap Mangione Big Band                                                                                                                                                                 Rochester, NY

Trumpet - Solo, Section                                                                                                                                                              January - May 1994


Jeff Tyzik Big Band                                                                                                                                                                          Rochester, NY

Trumpet - Lead, Section, Soloist                                                                                                                                                       December 1993


Pacesetters Jazz Ensemble, Air Force Band of the Midwest                                                                                  Chanute Air Force Base, IL

Trumpet - Lead, Solo, Section                                                                                                                                                 May 1990 - July 1991


International Show Place Band, Kings Island Amusement Park                                                                                               Cincinnati, OH

Trumpet - Solo, Section                                                                                                                                                             May - October 1988


Orquesta Inmensidad                                                                                                                                                                             Miami, FL

Trumpet - Substitute                                                                                                                                                                                1987 - 1988


Alex Leone Y Los Leones De La Salsa                                                                                                                                                 Miami, FL

Trumpet - Lead, Solo                                                                                                                                                    September 1986 - May 1988


Walt Disney World Entertainment                                                                                                                                                    Orlando, FL

Trumpet                                                                                                                                                                               1985 and 1987 (Winters)


XII. Concert Performances with Marquee Artists


Aretha Franklin, Carl ‘Doc’ Severinsen, Claudio Roditi, Curtis Fuller, Lew Soloff, Oliver Lake, James Williams,

Jamey Aebersold, Lee Konitz, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, David “Fat Head” Newman, Keith Brion, Gap Mangione, Jeff Tyzik, Dave Holland, Ray Vega, Ronan Tynan


XIII. Recordings


Empire Jazz Orchestra, Out of the Mist                                                                                                                                                              2015

Empire Jazz Orchestra, Accentuate the Positive                                                                                                                                                 2012

Randy Simon Jazz Project, Awakening                                                                                                                                                               2010

Empire Jazz Orchestra, Symphonies In Riffs                                                                                                                                                      2009

Randy Simon Jazz Project, Light It Up                                                                                                                                                              2009

Peter Bellino, Autumn Rhapsody - Suite for Jazz Ensemble                                                                                                                               1999

  • Composed, arranged, conducted by Peter Bellino

Office Two-One Inc., Swing Street - A Day at Huis Ten Bosch                                                                                                                          1995                                                                                                                   

University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, Composition No. 164                                                                                                                  1992

  • Composed and directed by Anthony Braxton

Air Force Band of the Midwest, Aiming High                                                                                                                                                    1991

Air Force Band of the Midwest, An Evening in December                                                                                                                                1991

University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble, -Live- into the 90’s                                                                                                                              1989


XIV. Select Compositions and Arrangements


In-Vince-able                                                                                                                                                                                                       2007

  • Original Composition for trumpet soloist Vince DiMartino and jazz band. Performed by the Empire Jazz Orchestra

More Than A Feeling (Boston)                                                                                                                                                                           2005

  • Arranged for Saxophone Quartet

Psalm                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2002

  • Original Composition for Trumpet Soloist and String Orchestra

The Entertainer                                                                                                                                                                                                   2000

  • Arrangement for flute soloist and band

Ghost Butter (Joanne Brackeen, Composer)                                                                                                                                                      1999

  • Arranged for Jazz Ensemble. Performed by the SUNY @ Stony Brook Jazz Ensemble with Brackeen, Guest Artist

Georgia                                                                                                                                                                                                               1996

  • Arranged for saxophone quartet

A Night In Tunisia                                                                                                                                                                                               1996

  • Arranged for three solo trumpets and Jazz band. Performed at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan

Speak Low, Wave, The Girl From Ipanema, St. Thomas, Brazil, Guantanamera,                                                                                            1996                                 

Spain, Tequila, La Bamba, Hot, Hot, Hot 

  • Arranged for Jazz Septet. Performed and recorded at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan

Moonbeams In The Sun                                                                                                                                                                                      1994

  • Original Composition for voice, flugelhorn soloist and Studio Orchestra.
  • Performed and recorded by the Eastman Studio Orchestra

25 Miles To Go                                                                                                                                                                                                    1991

  • Original Composition for jazz ensemble  

Itsbynne Reel                                                                                                                                                                                                       1990

  • Transcribed and Arranged for two (bluegrass) violins, tenor soloist and Jazz Ensemble
  • Performed and recorded on “- Live -Into the 90’s” with the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble

There Will Never Be Another You                                                                                                                                                                       1987

  • Arranged for Jazz Ensemble
  • Recorded at the University of Miami

The More I See You                                                                                                                                                                                             1987

  • Arranged for jazz dectet
  • Performed and recorded at the University of Miami 

Body and Soul                                                                                                                                                                                                     1987

  • Arranged for Trombone soloist and Jazz Ensemble  


XV. Research Projects


Bix Beiderbecke’s In A Mist                                                                                                                                                             Completed 2000

  • Lecture recital involving the cornet and piano arrangement, analysis and performance

Debussy’s La Cathedrale Engloutie                                                                                                                                                 Completed 1999

  • Theoretical analysis as part of thesis work towards doctoral degree

The Improvisational Style of Miles Davis from 1954-1964                                                                                                              Completed 1993

  • Detailed analysis of Davis’ improvisational style spanning a 10 year period over the Blues form

Halsey Stevens’ Sonata for Trumpet and Piano                                                                                                                               Completed 1989

  • Theoretical analysis of work focusing on elements of ‘Americana’ within composition


XVI. Honors and Awards


United States Air Force: Honorable Discharge                                                                                                                                                  1998

National Trumpet Competition: Semi-finalist, College Division, Classical and Jazz                                                                                        1992


XVII. Professional Memberships


Schenectady/Amsterdam Musicians Union, Local 85-133                                                                                                                 2007 - Present

College Music Society                                                                                                                                                                         2000 - Present

Music Educators National Conference                                                                                                                                                2000 - Present

International Trumpet Guild                                                                                                                                                                1986 - Present


XVIII. Community Service, Volunteer Activities and Academic Service


Empire State Youth Orchestra                                                                                                                                                            Albany, NY

Artistic Committee                                                                                                                                                                September 2012 - 2015

  • Advise on concert locations, repertoire, international tour details, auditions


Schenectady Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                                             Schenectady, NY

Organizing committee for Beat Beethoven 5K Race                                                                                                      June - October 2013 - 2015

  • Fundraising, T-shirt design, recruitment of participants


Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club                                                                                                                                              Schenectady, NY

Volunteer                                                                                                                                                                                              2010 - Present

  • Assist as Road Marshal during annual marathon and half-marathon                                                                               


Regional Food Bank                                                                                                                                                                     Schenectady, NY

Volunteer                                                                                                                                                                                                             2008

  • Deliver food, sort and prepare goods


Albany Running Exchange                                                                                                                                                                  Albany, NY

Member/ Race Volunteer                                                                                                                                                                     2007 - Present

  • Assist as Road Marshal at trail races throughout the year


Schenectady Inner City Mission                                                                                                                                                 Schenectady, NY

Volunteer                                                                                                                                                                                              2007 - Present

  • Prepare and serve meals


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish                                                                                                                                                      Schenectady, NY

Lector and Musician                                                                                                                                                                            2006 - Present

  • Proclaim scripture readings and perform for masses, weddings and funerals


Interfaith Towers                                                                                                                                                                       Poughkeepsie, NY

Volunteer                                                                                                                                                                                                  2002 - 2005

  • Assisted with holiday meals and entertainment at this independent senior residence facility                                                                                   


XIX. Interests and Hobbies


  • Ultra-running, international cuisine and travel, reading, home remodeling, landscaping and gardening