My musical journey began in Oxford, Alabama, where I lived from 4th grade through high school and continuing at Jacksonville State University where I earned my music education degree.
At first I thought I was going to play the saxophone because my older brother played it. I figured I could get a head start on it, but then my band director, Bill Barker, had me buzz on a trombone mouthpiece. I guess I did a decent job because his reaction was “Wow, man! That is a great first buzz!” and “You just buzzed your first pitch you will learn, the note F.” He convinced me that I needed to learn trombone and I was hooked from that point on.
I was not exposed to a variety of genres in which the trombone can play until college. What I knew about the trombone was that it was played in concert band and marching band, but I loved it. Finally, when I began taking lessons on trombone (which wasn’t until college) and attending Sewanne Summer Music Festival in TN, I found my true passion for trombone and the varying capabilities enhanced through orchestral and solo music.
Now my journey continues with my biggest support group ever; my wife Ginny, and two fabulous daughters Neala and Madelyn. Of course I cannot forget the dog, Sydne, who can recognize my warm-down and sense that it is time for me to let her outside.