Music Appreciation

If you are attending Moraine Valley Community College do not miss this opportunity to sign up for my music appreciation class.  Take a helicopter tour of what the entire history of music has to offer in one semester!  The next class I teach will be offered in March of 2014.

Sound Tribe Sector 9

This past weekend I had the opportunity to play in the horn section with sts9 for a sold out crowd at the congress theater.  I can’t think of a better way to spend the Saint Patrick’s weekend!  The other musicians in the horn section included Dave Levine (of Low Down Brass  Band) on sax and Brent Sanders on trombone.

Antibalas and Black Bear Combo

I can’t wait to open for Antibalas tomorrow night at Lincoln Hall and finally hear the power of this big horn section live!  They were just featured on Jimmy Fallon last week to advertise the start of their tour.  Many of the songs feature Baritone, Tenor and two trumpets.  I also hear the lead singer designs some of his own clothing.

A Time for Livin

concert poster

MCA tribute

It’s nice to witness such a positive display of unity amongst original bands in the Chicago area for a good cause.  Last night a handful of groups pulled together to benefit students for a free Tibet in memory of it’s director and member of the Beastie Boys, Adam “MCA” Yauch.  Each group took on the task of performing covers of classic music recorded by the iconic group.  I was honored to have  the opportunity to sit in on trumpet with the Low Down Brass Band on a couple of songs including “Brass Monkey”.  All the bands pulled together for a very memorable and epic encore.