To inspire young people with a lifetime love of music. To instill habits that lead to higher levels of musicianship. I want show people that music can be a friend for life, the way it has been for me.


Taught private lessons in saxophone, flute, piano, music theory and improvisation.

Plays these instruments professionally:

  • Alto, tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Ukulele

Plays piano for accompaniment and as a teaching tool.

20 years of professional band experience:

  • Hot Club Time Machine (Gypsy Jazz) 2013-Present
  • Johnny Ward’s Sharkskin Revue (Blues, Jazz, and R&B) 2008-Present
  • The Barkers (Rock and Americana) 2008-2013
  • Chata Addy and Susuma (African Highlife and Reggae) 1996-2008
  • Do Jump Theater (Klezmer and Jazz, accompanying dance performance) 1998-2008
  • Belmont St. Octet (Jazz and R&B) 1996-2006
  • O.B. Addy and I&I (Reggae) 2000-2004
  • The Redeemers (Rock, Soul, and Funk) 2000-2004


  • BA with honors in Philosophy, Lewis and Clark College
  • Classes in music theory and performance at Lewis and Clark.
  • Studied improvisation with jazz master Andrew Hill.
  • Studied composition with composer Tomas Svoboda.
  • Decades of self-motivated learning and practicing.
  • Years of experience in youth choirs.
  • Years of private lessons in flute and saxophone.


  • An expert at all the saxophones, flute, and clarinet.
  • Skilled enough to teach beginners on ukulele, piano, and voice.
  • Experience with a wide variety of musical styles, from classical to jazz, funk, and african music.
  • Experience teaching wind instruments, piano, and music theory.
  • An excellent communicator who can relate to young children and teenagers.
  • Deep knowledge of music theory and improvisation.
  • Extensive performance background.
  • Strong knowledge of music history, especially jazz.