I have been a professional musician for several decades on saxes, clarinet, flute, oboe,
harmonica and piano, during which time I performed with numerous famous big bands:
Les and Larry Elgart; Ralph Marterie; Ralph Flanagan; Johnny Palmer, Dan Bellock; Norm
Christian and numerous others.
I backed up famous acts: Joe E. Lewis; Henny Youngman; Leslie Uggams; The Ink
Spots: The Harmonicats and countless others. I performed in pit orchestras for various musicals,
performed three times at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival with two different colleges and performed
with countless famous Chicago musicians: Guy Fricano; Barrett Deems; Loren Binford; Tom
Fitzsimmons; Bill Porter; Rusty Jones; Bobby Schiff and hundreds of others.
I recorded with several different jazz groups and pop albums. I studied with renowned
jazz saxophonist Joe Daley, served 3 years with the U.S. Army as a bandsman and graduated
from the Naval School of Music, and I played throughout Europe while in the military.
I have had hundreds of students on sax, clarinet, flute, oboe, piano and even harmonica.
I am a prolific composer and have composed more than 400 compositions of virtually every
imaginable type: pop, rock, country, folk, jazz, classical, march, waltz, polka, tango, cha-cha,
rhumba, beguine, bossa nova. I am a member of ASCAP and some of my compositions can be
heard by Jazz Spectrum where I also perform on 6 instruments (www.jazzspectrum.com). I have
a unique approach to teaching due to my extensive musical experiences and adjust my methods
to the needs of the individual student. I provide my students with something that they are not
likely to get ANYWHERE else! I have my own jazz course that I teach out of, I have 4 volumes
of jazz duets, classical solo, duet and trio compositions.
I am also a playwright with more than 40 plays to my credit including 5 full-length
musicals and a few shorter ones. I have had 2 students who were also actors, and I wrote a play
for one of my clarinet students who starred in the play acting, singing, dancing and playing
I am also a linguist and have a teaching degree for French. I have taught Spanish and my
best language is German. I have also studied Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Russian and German
and know smatterings of other languages. I have occasionally used my linguistic skills in
At present, the ages of my students range from 7 to 83!
To see and hear me in action go to You Tube,
Jazz Spectrum and view "Jingle Bells", "I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus","White Christmas", "It's A Marshmellow World"