-Decatur Community High School – 2011
-Fort Hays State University – December 2016
-Bachelors in Trombone Performance
-Bachelors in Music Education focusing on Instrumental Music
I am a member of NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) and I attend KMEA workshops each year.
I began teaching here in Russell in January 2017 right after I finished my student teaching and graduated from Fort Hays. I’m currently teaching 6-12 band which includes Beginning Band, Intermediate Band (7/8 grade), Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band.
Prior to coming to Russell, I was living in Lawrence, Kansas and doing my student teaching at Free State High School and Cordley Elementary. Russell is my first teaching job and I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to teach here.
Some previous teaching and leadership positions I have held have been Drum Major and Student Director at Fort Hays, Trombone/Low Brass Faculty at High Plains Music Camp, and I have given private trombone lessons for 5 years. I’ve really enjoyed these opportunites because they gave me a chance to grow as a musician and learn how to be an educator.
My parents live in Oberlin, Kansas and are currently remodeling a house. I have two brothers – Matt who lives in Florida and attends Florida Atlantic University, and Ben who lives in Oberlin and is a welder at Valmont Industries. I live here in Russell with my two cats, Melba and Satchmo.
When I’m not teaching I enjoy taking trombone lessons and practicing so I can become a better musician. I love to play whatever gigs come my way whether it be jazz, orchestral, or concert band related. I also like to read, travel, and let’s be honest – watch way too much Netflix.
Some very cool gigs that I have gotten to play recently have been:
-March 2016 – FHSU Brass Ensemble – Performing one of my favorite FHSU professors, Dr. Jordan’s composition at a Dallas Wind Symphony concert and then watching the amazing Eric Whitacre conduct the symphony
-Fall 2016 – Playing and performing with the KU Trombone Ensemble
-May 2017 – Performing Dvorak’s New World Symphony with the Hays Symphony Orchestra
-July 2017 – Performing in the HPMC Faculty Jazz Band with the famous Wycliffe Gordon