Details about me

Learn more about what I do as a performer

Orchestra stuff

I am currently Principal Trumpet with: Anderson Symphony Orchestra
Marion Philharmonic Orchestra
Muncie Symphony Orchestra (where I'm also the personnel manager)
Owensboro Symphony Orchestra

I have performed as Principal,  Asst. Principal, section, extra with all of the following orchestras:
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Indianapolis Ballet Orchestra
SouthBend Symphony Orchestra
Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Columbus (IN) Philharmonic
Orchestra Kentucky
Evansville Philharmonic
Terre Haute Symphony
Richmond Symphony
Kokomo Symphony
Waukesha Symphony

I also freelance and work in the recording studios here in Indy.

Chamber music

In 2014 I started a touring group along the lines of Dallas Brass and Rhythm & Brass. Our focus was/is classic rock. Zeppelin, Floyd, Kansas, Rush, the heavies. The Forge did covers as a brass quintet (2 trpst, 2 bones, 1 bass bone) plus drums. Original form, key, transcribed guitar solos that I played on my trumpet into a silent brass mute and into a digital guitar pedal. It's pretty cool. We're on hiatus at the moment just like the rest of the world.

Other fun gigs I've had

I've spent a year of my life at sea working on cruise ships.
1995-96 on the Celebrity Horizon (6 month contract)
2015 on the Cunard Queen Mary 2 (3 month contract)
2015 on the P&O Oceana (3 week emergency fill in)
2016 on the P&O Arcadia (3 month contract)

I've played:
Circuses
Funerals
Weddings
Church Services of all types
Fanfares for Auctions
All 12 school songs of the Big 10 for NCAA swimming championships (while standing in my tux all alone at the end of a diving board)

Groups of note...

Star of Indiana Drum & Bugle Corps, 1985, 1986, 1987
I was an original member of this legendary corps, playing lead soprano (2 valves in G) all three years. I had solos in '85, and '86.