Guitar Performance and Lessons
About this pro
What separates me from most music professionals is that along with my personal/civilian music business, I have also been in the Navy Bands for 21 years. What difference does that make? You can rest assured that no one exceeds my level of professionalism. My understanding of punctuality, comportment, attire/presentation, and superior musical product is second to none as a result of my service; it is the expectation. Additionally, I hold a current and active Secret clearance, so I've been extremely well vetted. My specialties are live performances and teaching. I am highly adept at providing a world class concert at your club, fest, or venue, creating the perfect ambience for your event, and identifying your learning style and the optimal method to get you on your individual path to musical success.
Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.
It was great having him play on our pit! I would highly recommend him and plan to hire him again.Nov 22, 2017
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Pricing includes a wide swath of time that is much more than just the time of the engagement itself (travel time, early arrival for set-up, staying late for breaking down gear, and rehearsals to prepare for your engagement). Solo performances notwithstanding, the fee also includes the cost of hiring additional musicians. A vast amount of education, training, certification, and PRACTICE has gone into the final musical product. I like to tell clients that the only difference vocationally between highly skilled, educated, and trained musicians and medical doctors is that music isn't necessarily life and death, military musicians notwithstanding.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?There is no typical approach. I provide every single client a unique experience based on their needs, experience level, and type of event/venue.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music/jazz studies, Armed Forces School of Music "A-school", Navy School of Music "C-school", Navy Instructor Training (certification to teach guitar, jazz improvisation, jazz combo techniques, big band/jazz ensemble rehearsal techniques), Curriculum Development School (certification to write curriculum at the Armed Forces School of Music and Navy School of Music), Master Training Specialist (designation earned upon learning all facets of the Navy Music school house and, more broadly, training techniques in the Navy as a whole), and 21 years in the Navy Bands as a featured instrumentalist.