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Doc as a trumpet coach.

My approach to private teaching in a few words:

-I find greatest joy investing in the person and the

process, not just the product.

-Successful teachers don't just deliver information.

They live in the learning with their students.

-Real and enjoyable learning takes place when the

environment is "safe," where mistakes are

viewed as information--and an indispensable

means towards improvement.

-With proper guidance, every student can become his

or her own best teacher.

Brass teaching and professional performance have been

my life passions.  I am ready to invest in your journey.


Private study is adapted to your purpose:

  - On an on-going basis

          -for technical and musical growth

          -for long-term coaching and audition

               or competition preparation

  - On a temporary basis

          -in preparation for a specific audition

          -in preparation for a competition

          -in preparation for a recording session

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Trumpet lessons.
Trumpet coaching session.
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Students of every age and background are welcome.  I have enjoyed working with seasoned professionals, collegiate and graduate level students (those whose goals are both performance and music education), high school students, retired enthusiasts, and even with middle school students.

The only requirement is that the student is invested, ready to learn and prepared to enjoy the learning.

Sample Lessons and Coaching Sessions Below in Video Clips

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College students from the studio have to their credit

the following achievements:


Graduate School Acceptances and Assistantships


Boston University, Boston, MA

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Marshall University, Huntington, WV

North Carolina School for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD

Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV



Professional Performance Organization Associations

(As Performers or Directors)


American Mountain Theater, Elkins, WV

Baltimore Sinfonietta, Baltimore, MD

Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler, PA

Colonial Brass Quintet, Boston, MA

Commonwealth Brass Quintet, Richmond, VA

Edgemont Symphony Orchestra, Edgemont, PA

Erie Philharmonic, Erie, PA

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax, VA

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown, PA

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, New York, NY

Miami Symphony Orchestra, Miami, FL

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA

Richmond Symphonic Winds, Richmond, VA

Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond, VA

River City Brass Band, Pittsburgh, PA

Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, ON, Canada

Sinfonia Ancaster, Ancaster, ON, Canada

The Brass Roots, Pittsburgh, PA

U. S. Air Force Band of Liberty, Hansom A. F. Base, MA

U. S. Air Force Band of the West, San Antonio, TX

U. S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, Langley, VA

U. S. Army Blues, Washington, DC

U. S. Marine Corps Band at Twenty-Nine Palms, CA

U. S. Marine Corps Band of America's Few

U. S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Naples, Italy

U. S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Band, Norfolk, VA

U. S. Navy Band, Mid-South, Millington, TN

U. S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band, Pearl Harbor, HI

U. S. Navy Seventh Fleet Band, Yokosuka, Japan

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland, PA

Public School Teaching Positions

Ashland Middle School and Paul G. Blazer High School, Ashland, KY

Blennerhassett Middle School, Parkersburg, WV

Burley High School, Burley, ID

Johnson Elementary and Simpson Elementary Schools, Bridgeport, WV

Madison and Ritchie Elementary Schools, Wheeling, WV

Mount Vernon, Volga, and Junior Elementary Schools, Barbour County, WV

Philippi Middle School, Philippi, WV

Shortline Middle School, Reader WV

Tucker Valley Elementary School, Parsons, WV

Tucker Valley High School, Davis, WV

VanDevender Middle School, Parkersburg, WV

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Teaching Video Clips

Private Lesson:  Orchestral Concepts:  Brandt Orchestral Study No. 11 (Collegiate Sophomore)

Private Lesson and Coaching Session:  Bb Trumpet Basics and Beginning Bb Piccolo Trumpet Solo Work in Various Registers

Private Lesson:  Articulation Clarity on the Air Stream (Collegiate Sophomore)

Collegiate Sophomore Performance on Piccolo Trumpet in A:  Telemann "La Grace"

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