Summer 2019

December 26th 2019

This summer has been great! I was very fortunate to do fair amount of playing in Winnipeg as well as going out on the road a few times with my DCBB brothers. Touring around BC for close to 2 weeks this August was defiantly a highlight of the summer for me. Seeing friends and family while on the road is always nice, but being surrounded by the beautiful scenery that the province of BC has to offer never gets old!
Hands down the most special musical moment of the summer was on this tour where I got the opportunity to get on stage at the Kaslo Jazz Festival, located in the northern Kootney’s of BC, and play a few tunes with Galactic, who if you don’t know is one of the most sought after bands in New Orleans. Getting to play and solo with Stanton Moore absolutely killing it from behind the drums was an unreal experience I will never forget! Such nice dudes too! Go check them out if you haven’t already...
I also got the opportunity to play shows with some great local bands including Ego Spank and JP Hoe. Besides playing the majority of shows with DCBB, the project I am most involved with, I also played shows with some other local groups I am involved with including Sunny Roseland, Ron Paley, and “B” Side Champs.
A recent experience that put me a little out of my comfort zone happened at the end of the summer where I was asked to put together 3-60 minute presentations for Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods 2019 at my Alma Matar Brandon University. This is a 3 day workshop is designed to offer music educators the chance to gather, collaborate, discuss and explore different methods of teaching band and jazz band in junior and high schools in a somewhat informal environment. I have never presented to a room of educators before but felt it was important to put myself in a challenging situation like this. I learned alot from doing this and gained new knowledge through discussions with other educators I respect and admire. I hope the participants of the workshop got something out of my presentations. Thanks to Wendy McCallum for this opportunity!
Now with Fall upon us I am moving my focus back into teaching. I’m looking forward to getting my teaching studio back up a running regularly and working with trumpet sections around Winnipeg. I look forward to seeing and working with all my teacher friends/colleagues on the clinic circuit this year!