Triage in the Practice Room

Imagine a busy hospital emergency room. An ambulance roars up, and paramedics quickly unload a patient, clearly in distress. A doctor runs up, takes a quick look, and says:


“I see you’ve been stung by a bee!”

“Yes, but..” the patient responds, weakly.

“Well, let’s get some ointment on that and see if we can get you feeling better.”

At this point one of the paramedics speaks up:

“Doctor, what about the stab wounds?”

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Performance Video

Back on February 11, 2013, I was honored to perform Robert Bradshaw’s Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble with the Wayne State University Wind Symphony. I’m happy to report that a video recording of the performance is now available online!!

The first and second movements are combined here:

And the last movement is here:

Notable Upcoming Performances

I have a couple of performances coming up in the very near future that I feel merit extra attention here on my website.

The first will take place on Saturday, January 19th, at The Whiting in Flint, MI. Notable about this performance is the programming of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. In my 17 years with the Flint Symphony, this is the first time the orchestra has performed any Bruckner work, and it’s also the first time I’ve ever performed a Bruckner Symphony as Principal.

Bruckner makes heavy use of trumpets, similarly to Mahler, so this should be lots of fun!

The second notable performance will take place on Monday, February 11, in the Music Box at the Max Fischer Music Center (Orchestra Hall) in Detroit.

In this concert, I’ll be performing Robert Bradshaw’s Concerto for Trumpet with the Wayne State University Wind Symphony. I have performed several of Robert’s works over the years, and his Sonata was the subject of my doctoral document at MSU. I’m very excited to be able to bring his Concerto to a new audience!

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year!!

My original intent was to write a fairly large post to ring in the new year on my website. I had it all mapped out in my head… I was going to write about what it’s like to be a free-lance musician in December… the grueling schedule of holiday gigs, teaching, and the occasional family or friend gathering.

I was going to write about performing in the pit for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” an extra gig that came up which fit perfectly around my other holiday gigs. A gig that fit so perfectly that I only had one day off between the Monday after Thanksgiving and December 31st.
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