Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
M. Mus. June 1985
Program: Jazz and Commercial Music
Course Concentration: Composition and film writing

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Graduate Studies in composition 1972-1973

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
B.M. June 1972
Program: Performance/trumpet
Course concentration: Composition and arranging (Warren Benson, Robert Gauldin, Daryll Scott, Rayburn Wright)


Conservatory of Music, State University of New York at Purchase, 2000-present
Position: Associate Professor of Studio Composition
Duties: Teach private lessons in composition, classes in ear training and musicianship, jazz seminars

University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1993-2000
Position: Asst. Professor, Director of Jazz Program
Duties: Teach jazz composition and arranging, jazz history, independent study, computers and music, music theory, direct large and small ensembles, faculty recitals and special events, plan curriculum, and advise students

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1997-98
Position: Visiting Artist Faculty
Duties: Teach private lessons to percussion students

William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, 1996
Position: Adjunct Professor
Duties: Teach advanced arranging, coach ensemble

Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Colorado, 1984-1993
Position: Director of Jazz Studies
Duties: Teach composition and arranging, compose, coordinate program, supervise faculty, plan curriculum, recruit students, select guest artists, program and conduct big band concerts

Lincoln Center Institute, New York, New York, 1994-present
Position: Teaching Artist, Jazz artist and composer
Duties: Teach a variety of seminars in aesthetic education, perform with own ensembles

Selmer Company, Musser Division of Ludwig, Inc., 1980-present
Position: Artist Clinician
Duties: Present master classes at university music schools throughout the country, represent manufacturer at state and national conventions as an artist and teacher, perform and record using Musser vibraphones

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1985-1987
Position: Lecturer in Music
Duties: Teach improvisation, coach jazz ensembles, teach private lessons to percussion students, advise graduate students on special projects, coach students on use of computer music programs

Private students in vibraphone and composition, 1980-present

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1972-1973
Position: Graduate teaching assistant
Duties: Teach arranging, compose and perform for jazz ensemble, direct ensembles


International touring with the George Shearing Quintet
US and Canadian touring with the duo, Pendulum (IMG Artists)
National and International touring as solo artist and leader

Recordings as leader:
"Destinations" Seabreeze Records, 1986, number eight in
national jazz airplay
"Unicycle Man" Equilibrium, released in Fall, 1998
"Standing Alone" Equilibrium, released Fall of 2001
"Steppe Forward" Corner Mushroom, released Fall of 2010
National touring for Affiliate Artists, Inc.
National Touring with Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble of Tokyo
Guest Performer/Composer with UMO Jazz Orchestra, Helsinki, Finland
Guest Artist / Ritmos da Terra, Campinas, Brazil
Guest Artist / IX Festival Internacional de la Percussion, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Guest Artist / Patagonia International Percussion Festival, Rio Negro, Argentina
Guest Artist / 1st Encontro Internacional de Percussåo, Tatui, Brazil
Guest Artist / 2nd Festival Internacional de Percusiones, Monterrey, Mexico


• American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (composer and publisher memberships)
• American Federation of Musicians
• Chamber Music America
• International Association of Jazz Educators (Resource Team Member, mallet instruments)
• Percussive Arts Society (Contributor and focus editor for Percussive Notes)


• National Endowment for the Arts, performance fellowship
• National Endowment for the Arts, composition fellowship
• New Jersey State Council on the Arts, fellowship
• New York State Arts Council, composition fellowship
• International Association of Jazz Educators, resource team member representing mallet instruments
• Lincoln Center Institute composer-in-residence
• National Endowment for the Arts, fellowship to premiere new work
• American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, composer's award
• MacDowell Colony composition fellowship
• Millay Colony composition fellowship
• Commissioned composer
• State University of New York Faculty Development Award 

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