As a kid, I began playing trombone in the sixth grade at Lewis Middle School in Valparaiso, Florida. At first, I was a reluctant member of the band program, and if my parents had let me, I would never have continued playing trombone past the end of the first semester. However, in middle school, it was my fiercely competitive nature that inspired me to get better.
I attended high school at The Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College where I simultaneously earned my Associates Degree and a high school diploma. However, all of my musical studies took place at Niceville High School. I played lead trombone in the Niceville High School Big Band, as well as principal trombone in the NHS Wind Ensemble, which is the top performing ensemble at Niceville High School. The wind ensemble has performed in some of the most famous concert halls in the country, including our March, 2010, performance in Carnegie Hall in New York.
As a solo performer, I have performed as a featured soloist on multiple occasions at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. This past year I have been very blessed to see the fruits of the hard work I have put in throughout my four years in high school. On October 16, 2010, I was selected as one of five finalists in the high school division of the 24th annual Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. In addition to the concerto competition, I was selected as one of eight trombone players in the state of Florida to play in the Florida All-State Symphonic Band, which is comprised of some of the most talented high school musicians in the state of Florida.
I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Music in Trombone performance at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. My primary teachers are Mr. Brent Phillips, Mr. Tim Van Dam, and Mr. Kenn Hughes.
Concerts with Cloud 9 Orchestra12.18.2010…”A Cloud 9 Christmas” at the Martin Theatre (Panama City, FL) 07.2.2011…”Let Freedom Swing” featuring Cloud 9 Orchestra (Panama City, FL) 07.3.2011…Patriotic Service for Northside Baptist Church (Panama City, FL) 12.22.2011…”Jingle Bell Swing” Benefit Concert for Noah’s Ark Ministry (Panama City Beach, FL)