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Ever since the seventh grade, I knew that all I wanted to do with my life was make music. The trumpet was my instrument of choice. I never imagined that 16 years later I would be in the midst of a career in music and entertainment. I've been very fortunate to have met a lot of great friends and colleagues through music. After graduating high school, I moved to Philadelphia, PA to study music. At this point I was very much involved in classical music, although I was exposed to several other styles of music through the free-lancing work I was doing at the time. Sometimes it would seem so strange! One day I might be playing classical music at a wedding ceremony, and the next day I might be playing with a rock band, orchestra, polka band, pit orchestra, brass quintet, herald trumpet group, big band, ........oh...... whatever........ It was all a lot of fun and made me a fairly well rounded musician. Here's some of the cool stuff I've been involved with: Currently I live in Reading, PA. I am playing with the band Bunchafunk, which plays nightclubs, and private functions. In addition, I have started my own seven piece jazz group called Anomaly, which is dedicated to playing original compositions by local artists. I am also playing in a group called Hesses Nasty Nine, led by Chris Heslop. I am also on the faculty at the Community Music School in Collegeville, PA. Over the past few years, I have been involved in the Berks Jazz Fest in Reading. Some of these events have included performances with the Berks Jazz Fest Orchestra, Bunchafunk, and the Bunchafunk horns appearing as the Berks Jazz Fest Horns. As the Berks Jazz Fest Horns, we have performed with Greg Karukas, Jeff Kashiwa, and Gerald Veasley. I have been a member of Mirandola Fanfare Trumpets for the past ten years. This is a herald trumpet group led by Kevin Rosenberry, which has performed all over the country, including a performance withthe Philly Pops Orchestra for the grand opening of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in 2001. I have also been a member of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra for ten years. I have spent a fair amount of time doing musical theater under the employment of Rockwell Productions in both Media, and Milton, PA. Some other groups I have played with include The John King Dance Band, The Bobby Mercer Road Show, and The Full Effect Band, which is a Harrisburg based club band. I had also spent a lot of time in latin bands in the Reading, and Bethlehem areas.