Jazz Saxophonist Rockledge, Florida
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, my first experience with music was at the age of 5, when my father taught me how to read music and play a small accordion. In the fourth grade, I found a niche with the clarinet and continued playing all through high school, with success in many local and statewide interscholastic music competitions. Late in high school, I began the tenor saxophone, which led to playing in the high school and college jazz ensembles, before embarking upon a career in law and 20 years of active duty in the US Air Force, which took me to places around the country and throughout the world.
After retiring from the Air Force in 2008, I resumed playing the clarinet and tenor sax. I began playing the soprano sax in 2013, the alto sax in 2014, and the sopranino sax in 2021. I performed regularly with the St Louis Big Band and Freeburg Big Band in the greater St Louis, Missouri metropolitan area before relocating to Florida in 2016. My favorite types of music are swing, bossa nova, and ballads -- with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, and Kenny G among my favorite instrumentalists. I perform regularly as a soloist at public and private events/venues, as well as in my church's weekly music liturgy.
A graduate of Canisius College, McGeorge School of Law, and the University of Notre Dame Law School, I now reside with my wife Debbie (a retired USAF nurse) in Rockledge, Florida.