What makes you love this?
Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a musician. Before I found the bass, I had studied saxophone and drums but found the repertoire wasn't to my taste, and the lesson styles a bit too rigid for me. My first bass teacher was able to challenge me to discipline myself using my own musical tastes. Rather that being afraid of being reprimanded for not practicing, I found myself asking for more and more each week to practice. My mission is to make sure that music remains a source of joy for all students so that they'll want to work hard.
What's the neatest thing you've done in this field?
I have studied and still continue to study with the greatest contemporary bassists such as Felix Pastorius and Victor Wooten to stay on the cutting edge of teaching and performing. Over the last few years, I have been seen on daytime TV's Huckabee talk show performing in the house band, bass lines have been featured in French's Mustard commercials, I was part of the house band for the Opry City Stage in Times Square. I recently completed my first Solo Residency at LIC Bar in Queens. Recently, my bands have played at SXSW and I have also had numerous European performances over the last 2 years.
What's the coolest thing you helped a client do?
The greatest feeling is watching a student go from their first lesson, where we're literally talking about how to hold the instrument, to being on stage with their family and friends cheering them on. My goal is not only to show the students how to play their instrument with expertise and confidence, but also to feel comfortable sharing their gift as performers.