I believe each student is on his or her own musical journey, whether they want to become
professionals and make a living at it or just want music to enrich their life.
As a music educator, I bring a strong and refined ability to connect with students, inspire them,
hone their specific needs and goals and work with them to expand their knowledge, polish their
technique and progress as musicians. My own journey has brought me to this point via 25 years
of intensive study and thorough practice, both in classrooms and practical experience –
performing in many venues such as concert halls and festivals all over the Northeast and as far
away as California, as well as producing, composing, arranging and orchestrating.
In a classroom setting, my goal is to bring the information to life by connecting the body of
theory or subject to correlating moments in history and the masters who transformed these
elements into musical language. While I understand students may have different musical
backgrounds, I strive to breakdown complex concepts in a way in which students can easily
understand it. By creatively engaging and challenging students, I hope they will leave the
classroom with a deeper connection and appreciation for music.
Throughout my years of teaching, it has been very rewarding to see my students’ progress and
musical growth; some of which have gone on to become recording artist and professionals in the
I am a full time musician, teacher, performer and recording artist.
I have taught hundreds of students Guitar, Bass & Ukulele over the past 25 years.
Some of my past students have gone on to graduate from college with Degrees in Music, and have become touring musicians and teachers themselves.
•M.M. Master of Jazz Studies. SUNY Purchase, Purchase NY (2017)
•B.M., Performance and Songwriting. Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA (2002)
John Abercrombie (guitar improvisation and composition), Garrison Fewell (guitar), Tony
Purrone (guitar), Charlie Bonacos (Music Theory), Jim Kelly (guitar), Norm Zocher (guitar),
Julien Kasper (guitar), Andy LaVerne (piano)
Jon Faddis (Jazz History and Arranging), Pat Pattison (Songwriting), Doug Monroe (Jazz
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Faculty, Academic Music Program. (2017 - Present)
SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY. Private Guitar Instructor to undergraduate students (Jan
2016 – 2017)
Bankos Music, Ansonia, CT. Private Guitar, Bass, Banjo and Ukulele Instructor (2004 –
National Guitar Workshop, New Milford, CT. Guitar and Classroom Instructor (2004)
A Nordic Sound Jazz Orchestra, 9th Note Jazz Club, Stamford, CT Lead Guitarist (2016)
A contemporary jazz orchestra, performed by the highest level of musicians in the Tri-State
area. Directed by Jens Wendelboe, an internationally acclaimed composer, arranger and
trombonist who has performed and collaborated with musical icons such as Donna
Summer, Aretha Franklin to jazz greats Phil Woods and Bill Watrous.
•Residencies: • Cafe Nine Blues Jam, New Haven, CT. • Bar 140 Jazz Jam, Shelton, CT.
• CRAVE Restaurant, Ansonia, CT. • The Owl Shop Jazz Sextet, New Haven, CT (2007 –
2009) Founder and guitarist. • Ninth Note Jazz Orchestra, Stamford, CT (2016)
Temecula Valley International Jazz Fest (2007, 2008), Long Beach Jazz Festival (2007),
Baked Potato Jazz Club, North Hollywood, CA (2008), Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club
Restaurant, Seal Beach, CA, (2007, 2008)
As a leader:
“Anuta Was Here” 2003
“Aurora Nights” 2008
As Producer and Orchestrator
“Ta Te, Ta Ta” 2015, as producer, orchestrator, guitarist
20th Annual Long Beach (CA) Jazz Festival. Jazz Search Winners
George Lesiw Band (George Lesiw: guitar, Preston Murphy: bass, Gil Hawkins Jr.: drums)
“Kick Off Time” – original theme song for Comcast Valley Football (2017)
“Songs of Our Success” Black history specials. Emmy Award winning Fox 11(LA) News.
Fox Network. “Good Day Live” Airs 12pm Eastern standard time, used my composition
“Lunar Isis” as background music for one of their stories. (October 16th, 2003)
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