I knew I wanted to be a music educator since the age of 12. As a trumpet player I had some great Drum Corps. experiences at an early age - first with the local feeder corps. for the Bayonne Bridgemen, and then eventually with the Garfield Cadets. From an early age music was the most important aspect of my life.
I eventually attended Mason Gross School of the Arts and studied trumpet with the great William Fielder, and music composition with the likes of Noel DaCosta, Nicolas Roussakis, and Charles Wuorinen. Now, after teaching for almost 20 years, I'm finally beginning to settle into my profession. I still compose and arrange for my own band, managed to get into ASCAP along the way, and am now really into developing curriculum and assessments for music education, as well as using Web 2.0 technologies in the music classroom. I love music, and I love teaching music to my students.
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