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"My professional background contributes directly to my teaching in that it is the subject matter that I have chosen to teach. My familiarity and knowledge of the information gives my teaching more depth and understanding. Professional background goes hand and hand with experience, which makes for a more stable transference of information."
"I listen carefully to the student and, emphasizing complete breath support, I respond in earnest. I decide whether they are breathing correctly and make sure that their embouchure is in order—I'm known for resetting troubled embouchures. Getting to know a student is very important—learning their likes, dislikes, and desires. Desire, in my estimation, plays the biggest part in success, musical and otherwise."
"My mission is to help the student produce as good a sound as possible with the least amount of effort, and enable them to add their sound to any musical situation of their choosing. This musical flexibility involves the development of a fluid technique and a knowledge of a myriad of musical styles. Some students naturally have this chameleon-like ability to change styles, and others work harder to master this ability."
"When I was a graduate student, I played with the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble on a recording, Scott Joplin: The Red Back Book, which won a Grammy. Gunther Schuller was the president of the conservatory at the time and the conductor of that group. He invited me to come to Boston."
"I also played for Leonard Bernstein when he conducted Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 at Tanglewood. The following year I played first trumpet on [Bernstein's] "Mass" at the opening of the Kennedy Center—that was really the beginning of my career. From there, I was hired to play the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Much Ado About Nothing for Joe Papp, which later went to Broadway and CBS television. Also, I was a founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet, the first brass group ever to win the Naumburg Chamber Music Award."