Hometown: Waterloo, IA
Major: Bachelor of Music in Education (Instrumental)
Hobbies: Practicing, Playing Basketball, hanging out with friends, and hanging out with my girlfriend
Career Goals: To inspire the next generation of band kids in how fun and relaxing playing music can be. And, to help others achieve their dreams in the band world
Favorite Trumpet Players: Miles Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Louis Armstrong, and Louis Dowdeswell
Favorite Trumpet Recordings: All Blues (Miles Davis); The Louis Dowdeswell arrangement of Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Favorite Food: Pork Roast
Favorite Book: Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
Strangest Fact About Me: I have a cardiological problem called Mild Mitral Stinosis. Its where the Mitral valve in the left Ventricle of the Heart won't squeeze properly causing massive clotting. I have had a mechanical mitral since the age of 2, and I'm trying to live with it the best I can!
Coolest/Oddest Musical Experience: In 8th grade, I went down from my seminar class to the band room to practice my material. After I was done with my rep, I started playing some pop songs that I knew off the top of my head. It also happened to be the period when the 6th grade brass had rehearsal. The kids heard me play and were really impressed. So much so that they begged Mrs. Kraus (Director) to bring me out to play for them. After I played for them, they asked me a couple questions about 8th grade band. Then, after the period was over, a group of trumpet players came up and congratulated me and told me that they want to be able to play just like me someday.