I grew up in central Indiana, fully expecting to become a scientist of some type or variety. I have a prodigious natural talent for the life sciences, so I went to Indiana University to study biology. While there, I discovered an equal drive and passion for the study of jazz, and enrolled in the prestigious Jacobs School of Music after a lengthy audition process. Thanks to my drive to succeed at music and my ability to understand and internalize high-level biology concepts, I graduated with a... [more]
My professional career on trombone began when I was tapped to perform with multiple GRAMMY-nominee Wayne Wallace in his trombone octet, playing compositions from his albums (Latin Jazz--Jazz Latin, To Hear From There, etc). I have also performed on trombone with my own project OGC, and with the singer-songwriter Brian Berger (as reviewed by PlaylistPlay, JaxxShack, etc.). Since then, I have spent considerable time mastering the instrument, completely vanishing from public life to practice 6-8 hours a day from the fall of 2016 to the summer of 2017. I feel as though I have struck on an efficient and elegant way to play an instrument that has stymied so many in the past.
I have extensive professional experience as a jazz soloist; standouts of that career include stints with the Sean Imboden Quintet in Indianapolis (as heard on the 2017 album "Horizon") and with the Indiana Jazz Exchange, which performed throughout Germany and Austria in the summer of 2016. In addition, I have a background playing in R&B horn sections and in soul horn sections. During my time at IU, I was the lead trumpeter for the nationally acclaimed IU Soul Revue (which demanded extreme upper register control and endurance), and in the summer of 2017 I was the section trumpeter for Durand Jones and the Indications on their tour of the West Coast and American Midwest.