Please tell us about your school and overall music program.
I teach at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s a K-12 Independent School with 3,750 students. 1,750 of those students are high school students. Our school strongly supports music, so we have band, orchestra, and choir along with a range of general music classes. And, of course, we have a high school guitar program.
Please tell us about your own personal musical background growing up and your collegiate experience.
Growing up, I was a band kid, so I played clarinet. Our program was robust, so we had a really good Wind Ensemble, and our marching band was large (about 200 members every year). In my junior and senior year, I also played in orchestra and played some of the great masterworks (the real stuff, not transcriptions). On the side, the music teachers used my talents as a guitarist in jazz band and other school performances. In college, my major was Composition, but my main instrument was guitar. I have my M.M. in Composition from the University of North Texas.