My goal has been and is to be a versatile trumpet/flugelhorn player and play many styles very well. I started playing professionally in nightclubs when I was 13 years old and am still pushing myself musically by accepting musically challenging offers. I have been fortunate to perform throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, Israel, Turkey, and Russia with many great artists. Whether playing in the lead chair, solos, or section, I adapt my style of playing to enhance the musical performance that I am placed. In addition to playing with many groups I am involved in recording sessions, arranging, as a musical contractor, and clinician for educational institutions.
I enjoy composing and arranging music for projects no matter what style of music. My strength is understanding the musical concepts one is trying to convey and arranging the music to enhance the project. Playing with so many different artists has helped me to understand what does and does not work in live performances and in the studio. Applying this knowledge to arranging saves everyone a lot of time, frustration, and money. This is also true with getting the best musicians for one's musical project. Through my musician contracting services I will put together the appropriate musicians to make your music project (live or studio) a success.
I offer private lessons, workshops, or sectional instruction for ensembles. I enjoy sharing the knowledge I have attained while performing in a variety of settings. My teaching goes beyond just playing music and incorporates all aspects of being a professional musician on and off the stage. I developed a special workshop called "Funk 101" which is for both musicians and non musicians to understand the concept behind funk music, how to compose and perform funk music. This workshop can be adapted from a 3-hour workshop to a number of days.
Trumpet Section on "Tribute to Ray Charles" on CBS. Jeff Kaye, Harry Kim, Dave Trigg, Gary Winters
There is a fine group in Hannover, Germany called Hagelslag. They have been inviting different musical guests to join them in the studio to record and perform a tune live. I was honored when they asked if I would do one of their sessions. They did a song written by a young sax player named Jakob Manz who was also featured. We rehearsed the tune in the morning and then recorded live in the afternoon. These are a group of very talented musicians and great people too. This is the result of that session...
Live session at Little Big Beat Studios in Bendern, Liechstenstein.