Year of Graduation: 2010
What are you currently doing? I am currently the director of bands at Galvin Middle School in Canton, MA. I’m also an active freelance player in Boston and throughout New England. Currently, I’m a co-leader and writer/arranger of the B3 Big Band in Boston, a 16 piece big band that features an organ trio as the rhythm section, playing hard swinging and funk music. I also recently recorded an album with the Beantown Swing Orchestra featuring John Stevens on vocals, which will be released just before Christmas.
What experiences from UMASS shaped your professional life? I could not have asked for better mentors than Eric and Jeff Holmes. Their breadth of knowledge about the trumpet in every style of music has helped hear music in a more complete and detail oriented way.