I tailor lessons to the students needs and aspirations, as much as possible. For those studying symphonic bass, which is my specialty, I suggest a balance of repertoire, etudes, and solo pieces. Jazz and rock lessons are balanced between method books, repertoire, and improvisation. Theory is studied with extant literature. Listening to live and recorded music is an important part of every musician's daily progress.
I earned a Master in Music Performance degree with High Distinction from Indiana University, one of America's most prestigious music schools. Since then, I have worked professionally with a number of internationally recognized and highly regarded ensembles and artists. Orchestras I’ve worked with include the San Francisco Symphony, with conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra with Donald Runnicles; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with Nicholas McGegan; the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra with Kees Bakels, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi, and Lorin Maazel. The knowledge I’ve gained from working in those fine ensembles with noted conductors has given me a rich education and understanding of the symphonic repertoire from the Baroque period through all styles leading up to the most contemporary compositions.
Other orchestral experience includes extensive theatre work and recording experience, with the Skywalker Symphony (George Lucas’ California ranch sound stage) and numerous smaller recording sessions. My recording experience includes working in the jazz and rock genres, as well. As an electric bassist, recording studio work includes playing for Joe Walsh of The Eagles. I was a member of the critically acclaimed San Francisco-based jazz quartet, Dan Hicks and the Acoustic Warriors. In that group, I performed in concerts across the United States and in Asia. Dan Hicks and the Acoustic Warriors were a featured act on the nationally syndicated TV program “Night Music hosted by David Sanborn,” and in the major motion picture “Class Action,” directed by Michael Apted. I have done a large number of recording sessions, as a freelance artist, for various jazz and pop artists, both in California and throughout my time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
As a jazz bassist in I was the designated solo upright bass and electric bass player for the Malaysian Philharmonic. In that role, I performed with Branford Marsalis, New Orleans trumpeter Byron Stripling, conductor/arranger Jeff Tyzik, drummers Butch Miles and Bernie Dressel, conductor/composer Carl Davis, keyboardist Bobby Floyd of the Count Basie Orchestra, and others. I was the co-founder of a highly popular jazz ensemble in Malaysia, The Swing Kings of Kuala Lumpur. That group focused mainly on acoustic swing music such as the compositions of The Hot Club of France. I composed and arranged a number of pieces for that ensemble.
As an educator, I have worked since 1979, while still doing my Bachelor’s studies. At that time, I acted as a stand-in for my University professor to coach the Wichita Youth Orchestra. Since then, I have always been involved with coaching and tutoring youth orchestras; from Kansas to Michigan to California to Hong Kong to Malaysia. I have held the post of Lecturer in Music at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Duties as Lecturer included teaching private lessons and coaching ensembles. I have worked as a music teacher in the California public school system in the Richmond District of Northern California; and as a private teacher in double bass, electric bass, guitar, and theory since 1980.
Lessons must be cancelled 24 hours before the scheduled start time, or full payment will be expected.
MBA in Sustainability, Summa Cum Laude
Marylurst University, March 2013
Master of Music in Performance with High Distinction
Indiana University, May 1984
Instructor: Murray Grodner
Bachelor of Music in Performance, Cum Laude
Wichita State University, May 1980
PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE:
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Co-Principal, 2014 - 2017
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Principal, 1998 – 2014
San Francisco Symphony, Acting Member/Extra, 1991 – 1998
San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Section Extra, 1993 – 1998
San Francisco Chamber Symphony, Principal, 1993 – 1997
San Jose Symphony, Section, 1986 – 1998
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Bassist, 1988 – 1998
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Section Extra, 1991 – 1993
California Symphony, Principal, 1987 – 1994
Skywalker Symphony (George Lucas Studios), 1990 – 1998
Cabrillo Music Festival, Principal, 1990
Spoleto Festival, Bassist, 1988
Evansville, Indiana Philharmonic, Section, 1982 – 1984
Wichita, Kansas Symphony, Section, 1978 – 1981
PROFESSIONAL JAZZ/ROCK EXPERIENCE:
Dan Hicks and the Acoustic Warriors
Swing Kings of Kuala Lumpur
Branford Marsalis with Malaysian Philharmonic
Byron Stripling and Jeff Tyzik with Malaysian Philharmonic
Bernie Dresel with Malaysian Philharmonic
Carl Davis with Malaysian Philharmonic (bass, banjo, and guitar)
As Bassist in San Francisco with:
Bernadette Peters, Rosemary Clooney, Bob Hope, Bill Conti,
Musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, My
Fair Lady, Showboat, complete Gilbert and Sullivan, and others
1998 – 2017:
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Education and Outreach Department: Double Bass Tutor and Clinician, including presenting masterclasses and workshops at International Schools in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, in the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas at the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC, and Outreach to Sarawak, Borneo
Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Double Bass Tutor
Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Double Bass Tutor
1978 – Present:
Private teacher in Double Bass (both classical and jazz), Electric Bass, Guitar, and Music Theory, Students aged 9 – 55
While living in California, 1982 - 1998
Lecturer in Double Bass Performance, University of California Santa Cruz, Students aged 17 – 25
Oakland Youth Orchestra Double Bass Tutor, Students aged 14 – 21
Berkeley Youth Orchestra Double Bass Tutor, Students aged 14 – 21
San Jose Youth Orchestra Double Bass Tutor, Students aged 14 – 21
Richmond School District Music Teacher, Students aged 7 – 18
1978 – 1981
Wichita Youth Orchestra Bass Tutor, Students aged 14 – 18
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