A New England Saxophone Player and Educator
Growing up in Northborough MA, l went to the middle school where I played clarinet, alto and tenor sax.
Band director Dave Daquil and Brent Ferguson gave out tapes of classic jazz, jazz-fusion and Boston players like G. Garzone, J. Bergonzi. Worcester musicians Dick Odgren and Emil Haddad played a weekly gig and Northborough restaurant and invited me to sit in as and eighth grader. These were powerful early experiences that motivated me to practice and major in music. During my high school years Dennis Wren had us learn flute to help the pit-orchestra and blay pro-level big band arrangements.
Later, Dennis took us to hear the Count Basie Orchestra at the El Morocco in Worcester and it was there where I met band members. The live sound of that particular band sold me on the music! Later I went to the Foxborough Jazz Camp and met Steve Massey, Jeff Leonard, Doug Olsen and Matt Wilson.