I have been fortunate to have a lot of great musical experiences lately. I’m always playing and recording with bands of different genres, but I am especially proud of one of my newest projects—Dead Dogs. The project is comprised of five talented musicians, all of whom are all seasoned veterans with diverse musical backgrounds. We just released our first album, which we wrote while we were still developing our sound. Every show is exciting as our influences and experiences grow. Please support this unique project. You can purchase our album at

Here is a recent Dead Dogs review:

The Dead Dogs self titled debut album; “Dead Dogs” does what most bands only hope and dream of doing: they hold true to their deep roots in rhythm & blues, jazz and Americana while capturing the energy and soul of their live performance by bringing the listener on a timeless journey into a refreshingly new, yet comfortingly familiar spiritual and musical world that is sure to make you feel right at home no matter where your from.

The catchy songwriting and honest lyrics, foot-stomping rhythm & walking bass, bone chilling harmonies & trumpet runs constantly hold this 5 piece band and every person in the crowd they play for moving tightly together making you feel as if you been here before a long time ago, and send you off with a bunch of sweet melodies in your head, that will keep you running back for more. Better pick up an extra copy for your friends and inmates; you are going to want to listen to this album again and again.

By offering raw, independent, non label influenced, quality, self produced, original music, The Dead Dogs do what blues music is meant to do: make feeling bad feel good! THE DEAD DOGS ARE LIVING PROOF THAT ROCK N’ ROLL IS NOT DEAD!!!!

Follow the Dead Dogs on FaceBook and Twitter. Also, catch us at the Volume One Magazines “Sounds Like Summer Concert Series” on August 25th.

You can also hear the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) at the same concert series on June 23rd. The CVJO has had an incredible concert series this year! The highlights started with our first concert “Sounds of the Valley,” featuring composers with ties to the Chippewa Valley, including Geoff Keezer, Dominic Spera, Fred Sturm, and Andrew Neesley just to name a few. In November, the CVJO had the distinct pleasure of playing with trumpeter, Wayne Bergeron. We played a piece from one of called “Maynard and Waynard” from his recent album entitled “Plays Well With Others.” You can catch the performance on my video page. Unfortunately, our Christmas concert was snowed out and has been rescheduled for next Christmas season. It is sure to be a highlight as the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra (CVSO) plays movements from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and then the CVJO plays the Duke Ellington arrangements of the same movements!

We then finished our concert series with a history of the big bands concert in which I got to perform solo works from Harry James, Dizzy Gillespie, and Maynard Ferguson in the same concert. Support this local jazz orchestra and visit their website at Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra.

The mission of the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra is to promote jazz music education and appreciation throughout western Wisconsin by providing educational jazz experiences in a community big band setting.

In April I was fortunate to share the stage and perform at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival with saxophonist, Eric Marienthal, from the Big Phat Band and former teacher, mentor, and all around inspiring human being, Bobby Sanabria. Bobby has been a true inspiration to me as I develop as a musician. Go check out his website!

Bobby Sanabria – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, filmmaker, conductor, educator, multi-cultural warrior and multiple Grammy nominee – has performed with a veritable Who’s Who in the world of jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Arturo Sandoval, Roswell Rudd, Chico O’Farrill, Candido, Yomo Toro, Francisco Aguabella, Larry Harlow, Henry Threadgill, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá.

The International Trumpet Guild Conference (ITG) was in Minneapolis, Minnesota this past May. It was fabulous educational experience, and it was great to catch up with so many familiar trumpeters that I have studied and worked with in the past. As part of the conference, we put together a trumpet ensemble of over 150 trumpet players and preformed the National Anthem at a Minnesota Twins game.

Here is the video:

Earlier this spring, I also laid down some tracks for the new Jim Pullman album. Jim’s tunes and the collaboration of great musicians are fantastic. His album will be released at the Volume One’s “Sounds like Summer Music Series” on Thursday, August 18th.
I’m finishing up some studio tracks for the second full-length album of mid-western born, New York-based band Nees and Vos. I am also in the process of finishing a big band album for the Keith Karns Big Band out of Bloomington Indiana. Check out his videos and audio of the band at his website.

This summer I will be also recording some classic, solo trumpet with big band tunes for my own album. Selections include works from Conrad Gozzo, Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson & Charles Melvin “Cootie” Williams to name a few! Talk soon everyone!

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