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Back to the Drawing Board

Bummer. I fractured my hip and femur skateboarding and have been out from teaching for 5 weeks. That said, I have remained prolific writing new music for the students and compiling a book of the materials I use for teaching grades K-5 and I’ll be back in action Monday. I learned a great lesson from all this; Stop skateboarding on cement and go surfing in water. Wiping out surfing is like playing in the water, unless the waves are big of course.

Also, I have created a logo for Bob Reeves 50th anniversary and gonna figure out a design for their 2017 Christmas Card. Stoked to be working with Bob Reeves and John Snell again. Check it out!

Here’s are the last two years’ Christmas cards. Below is the 2015 illustration.

Here it is colorized in Photoshop.

Below is the 2016 card.

Go Dodgers!

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Stoked, I Start a New Job!

Upon completing paperwork, I’ll be starting a new job for the Norwalk/La Mirada USD. I’ll be teaching K-6 vocal music and middle school choir. I am eager to lead these kids to create some serious music, while having a great time in the process. Thank you Lord, for so many temporal blessings. I love you with all my heart.

Glory Be! To the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, Now and Ever and Forever, Amen.

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Website Finished!

Finally finished the website! I’ve been working on it diligently, day and night (literally) for about a week and a half. Now I can get back to painting, drawing, practicing my trumpet and surfing. Summer is here, gonna hit the beach asap but I’m booked to teach Monday and Tuesday, what a cramp.

Now its Miller time with the boys. We’ve recently returned from a 4-day Mexico trip playing successful daytime shows in Puerto Penasco. Mr. Mirainga is the best band I’ve ever played with. Tough-guy Craig our front man writes gritty music. He’s a bona fide truth-teller. No Trix – Trix are for kids. Jorgé Peru on drums, smokin’ the sticks wood and Camel. Stevie Reno blazing the guitar and the Shermans. Davey G on bass keeping it vintage and red and me on trumpet, taking heed and following the lead. Check out our short and sweet tune, Everything in Between.

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All that said. here, is where I long to be:

Panama!

 
Panama!

 
Panama!

 
Panama!

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ITG International Trumpet Guild

Much thanks to Bob Reeves Brass and especially my long-time friend, John Snell for extending the opportunity to present and sell my fine art at the annual International Trumpet Guild Conference! I have known John since our trumpet studying days at CSULB. During the conference, I was able to familiarize myself with the Bob Reeves staff and with Mr. Reeves, himself – What a brilliant workforce! Click here to learn more about Bob Reeves’ Brass.

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This year the ITG conference made its home at the Anaheim Convention Center. What a great, “back-yard” location for me. I met so many amazing trumpet players, filled my ITG program with dozens of autographs, heard fantastic live shows and had my share of choice ales and IPAs!

Next stop, I will be displaying my fine art and playing lots of trumpet with my boy, Miles at the up-coming William Adam Trumpet Festival, August 4-7th in Norman, Oklahoma. Click here for location and details.