I have always been a student of music, starting with the piano in second grade and then the French horn later on. And, I will be a student always because there is a tremendous wealth of music to dissect. Being a piano player, and with a basic knowledge of theory, I was encouraged to write, actually when I was in high school, but sadly I was lacking many of the skills that I would learn in college, and even now still I find that there is always more to learn, especially with all the new software coming out all the time.
When I became a music teacher/instructor, I would occasionally arrange pieces for my students to play. I arranged for everything from strings to percussion. Also, at about that same time, I became a drum corps fanatic. I couldn't get enough of that magnificent sound of brass and percussion.
I started writing for French horn (solos and ensembles) as well as other brass. Then, two years ago, I was commissioned to do a couple of arrangements for my local community band for Veteran's Day (adapted from brass quintets that I had previously done).
At that point, I really got serious about writing (and tunes would pop into my head both day and night). I have arranged or actually composed the pieces you will hear on my CD's to date, "Horns for the Holidays," and "Vision." I love writing and arranging for horn. It is a most challenging instrument, but I find the beauty of sound just amazing.