He is one of America’s most dynamic and eclectic musical leaders having worked with numerous GRAMMY-winning artists and composers over many genres. As a conductor, performer or recording producer for dozens of albums and broadcasts, his music has reached over 50 million people in 175 countries. His award-winning compositions have been recorded by world-class ensembles and are published by Cane River Music. In 2016 he was chosen to lead the Hallmark Channel’s broadcast of America’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Concert at the White House. A finalist for the American Prize in conducting, he was also the sole-recipient of the 2007 Chautauqua Summer Music Festival Orchestra and Opera Conducting Fellowship in New York. His military musical leadership earned the highest international award by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and his media and public relations effectiveness garnered the highest award among peers worldwide from the U.S. Air Force. Committed to education, he has served on three university faculties, has provided leadership to nearly a dozen public school music programs, has been published with industry-leading journal essays and newspaper arts columns, and is nationally sought-after as a preeminent expert on music adjudication methods. In 2019 he was an honored recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor given to artists by the United States Government.
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