New Blog – Coming in 2018

I have decided to add a blog to the site beginning in 2018.

Exciting, right? Fair warning: this will probably only be interesting to my personal students, for whom this blog is intended. I will be posting articles on pedagogical topics, playing problems, and my general thoughts on playing the trumpet. I’ll likely dig into topics like chamber music, freelancing, teaching, and entrepreneurship in music as well. If you’re not one of my students and still find this interesting, welcome! Please subscribe and let me hear from you, either by email or by commenting on any of the upcoming posts.

Expect the first post in a few weeks. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

Arutunian’s Elegy with the Elon Orchestra, Nov. 7

I’ve just arrived home after a full weekend back in North Carolina. I was able to catch up with some old friends and colleagues at a Sunday morning quintet gig. Last night I rehearsed with the Elon Orchestra, with whom I will be performing as a soloist on Arutunian’s Elegy. I’m really looking forward to sharing this beautiful piece of music with everyone – if you’re in the Burlington area on Nov. 7, please join us at McCrary Theatre at 7:30pm!

Relocating to Atlanta, GA

My family and I are moving to Atlanta in two weeks! Elizabeth has accepted a job in the North Druid Hills area and we finalized on a house today very close to where she’ll be. I’m already booking a mixture of classroom teaching, gigs, sectionals/masterclasses, and lessons (contact me if you are in need of a trumpet/brass instructor!).
Lots to do before we get there the first weekend of July, but we are excited to be back in GA!

2017 National Trumpet Competition

I’ve just settled back into my routine after returning from this year’s National Trumpet Competition, hosted at Metro State University in Denver. It was a great weekend catching up with old friends, making new contacts, and hearing a lot of great trumpet playing, both in the ensemble and solo divisions. I was honored to serve as a judge in the Semi-Finals of the Undergraduate Division this year. If you’ve never been, especially if you’re young enough to be eligible to compete, plan on attending next year – March 8-10 at the University of North Texas.

Now back to practicing.


There is now a page on the site titled Now. Like most websites, there is an About page with my bio, CV, and other background information. Like most websites, there is a Contact page with a form you can use to contact me for lessons or performances.

The Now page is a little different. Inspired by Derek Sivers, It lets you know what I am focused on in my life right now. It’s a good reminder for me as well, especially when I’m not feeling very focused.

If you’re interested, check it out.

Exciting News!

Earlier this month, I took over the position of Music Education Coordinator for The Music Center at City Arts of Greensboro. I’m coordinating the Private Instruction program and am assisting with ensemble management and concert series planning.

In addition to my this part-time position, I have moved all studio operations (formerly Wayne Bennett Music Studio and Gate City Lessons Studio) to The Music Center, located on the first floor of the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Greensboro. My current students have made the transition with me, but I still have a few openings for lessons. For more information, see the Lessons page.