Hey everyone. I hadn't blogged in a while and a lot has been going on so I thought it would be nice to write a little update.
Life has been a constant growing experience, which as you know is typically a mixture of huge blessings and challenges alike. In July, I was wedding to my beautiful wife, Alyssa, who has been a great partner and an amazing person to live with! After getting married, we got into our minivan, which has no air conditioning, and persevered through a two-day drive down to Denton, Texas, where we moved into our apartment and started our life together away from home.
I started my graduate studies at the University of North Texas this fall, where I've been having an absolute blast. There are so many wonderful people at school that I've been blessed to just begin to form relationships with. I've had the privilege of meeting friends who come to UNT from all over the world! And there is so much music going on at school and around town, it is an excellent place to learn music.
I've been able to play in the One O'Clock Lab Band, a great big band that performs a variety of challenging repertoire. I have also played in various small groups, which is always a lot of fun. One of the absolute highlights of my time here at school has been my interactions with the teachers here. My jazz arranging/composition teacher, Rich DeRosa, has been amazing to learn from. He is a ridiculous musician with so much knowledge and composing chops, I don't even know how its possible. Saxophone teacher Brad Leali has also been so great to work with-- he's an excellent musician who knows the history of saxophone players inside and out-- I don't even know how you can have such a deep knowledge! And of course, the One O'Clock director Steve Wiest is a great director and another wonderful guy who is challenging and encouraging at the same time.
Alyssa has recently gotten hired as an administrator for the instrumental studies area in the music department. She has really been enjoying that position, especially since she is so dang good at it! I've loved seeing her in her element, blessing people in the department with her awesome personality and positive lovability! We have been going to The Village, a local DFW area church and we have been trying to build community there.
We miss everyone from the Midwest, so leave a comment below so we can feel closer to you!
With Texas love,
is a saxophonist/composer residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.