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Music Education

Texas A&M University - Commerce (Commerce, TX)

Began the study of music education.

   - Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
      - Officer position: Warden

Current Competition Entry:
   - 2019 Student & Faculty Composition Recital (hosted by the Music Teachers National Association
     collegiate chapter at Texas A&M University in Commerce).



Criswell College (Dallas, TX)

Began the path to become a Christian counselor. I took a semester off, but I plan to continue in the spring of 2017 if I cannot find a full-time job before then.

Reason for leaving:
   Needed to seek a career path with the possibility of working sooner to support my family.


Jazz Trombone

University of North Texas - Honors College & College of Music (Denton, TX)

Began the study of jazz trombone.

Honor Society:
   - The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
   - The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Beta Pi)

   - Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Reason for leaving:
   Dropped out at the end of my 2nd semester in order to get counseling for depression. Having gained a
   thorough, analytical grasp of mental disorders and how to overcome them, I transferred to Criswell College    to study psychology in a conservative, Christian environment with the conviction of it being a spirit-led


Classical Trombone/Music Education

University of Arkansas (Main Campus) - College of Music (Fayetteville, AR)

Studied a variety of music subjects knowing that I would transfer to the University of North Texas.

Honor Societies:
   - The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
   - The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi)
      - As an intern, learned how to manage an executive board.
   - Alpha Lambda Delta (Honor Society for First-Year Students)

   - Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Accolades & Achievements:
   - Chosen as the "Outstanding First-Year Razorback Marching Band Member".
   - Successfully assumed the responsibilities of rush class president for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia whilst
      successfully maintaining a GPA of 3.76.
      - Organized and arranged the music for the rush class's recital.
      - Organized and hosted the rush class's fundraiser.
      - Organized and hosted the rush class's social event.
      - Tested on history of the fraternity each week.
   - The university's concert band premiered the wind band arrangement of my original piece,
      "Unreturned Salute".

Reason for leaving:
   Desired exclusive study in the area of jazz trombone.

Work History



Nightfall Compositions (Dallas, TX)

Composer of neo-romantic music. I also transcribe and arrange music in a variety of styles.

   - 2017 Christopher Bill Composition Competition: 2nd Place


Cart Assistant

Sam's Club (Dallas, TX)

Worked as a full-time cart assistant for the summer.

Reason for leaving:
   School year at the University of North Texas began, and my rent was then financed by the G.I. bill.


HVAC/Crawl Space Encapsulation Assistant

Healthy Home Services Inc. & Mammoth VAC (Springdale, AR)

Worked as an assistant for:
   - Crawl space encapsulation system installation.
   - Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

Reason for leaving:
   School year at the University of Arkansas began, and my rent was then financed by the G.I. bill.


Prep Cook and Dishwasher

MarketPlace Grill (Springdale, AR)

Worked alternatively between dish-washing and being a prep cook.

Reason for leaving:
   Needed a better-paying job with more hours in order to pay bills for the remainder of that summer.


Marching Technician

Lake Highlands High School Marching Band (Dallas, TX)

After spending the summer marching in "The Cavaliers" drum & bugle corps, I was hired by the head band director at Lake Highlands High School to be the marching technician for the school's marching band season.

Reason for leaving:
   The competitive portion of the marching season ended.


Lead Baritone

The Cavaliers" Drum & Bugle Corps (Rosemont, IL)

"The Cavaliers" is an all-male fraternity and drum corps that rehearses 12 hours a day (with an additional hour of physical training in the morning) for 4 weeks starting in May every summer. After that, the corps continues to rehearse 8 hours a day and performs in the evenings during a country-wide tour, ending with the Drum Corps International World Championships around mid-August.

The visual teaching staff for this particular summer consisted only of members who marched in "The Cavaliers" during championship years.


Sergeant/Tromonist/Music Librarian/Arranger

United States Marine Corps (Various Locations)

Basic Training (Marine Corps Recruit Depot - San Diego, CA):
   Boot camp necessary to become a Marine. (13 weeks)

Combat Training (School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton - San Diego, CA):
   Weapons and field training following basic training. (4 weeks)

Armed Forces School of Music (Naval Amphibious Base - Norfolk, VA):
   As part of the Marine detachment, trained in a combination of a military and college environment to be in
   the Marine Corps field bands as a trombonist. Graduated in the accelerated graduation program, a
   program designed to allow soldiers/sailors/Marines who performed well on the entry test and playing
   audition to work at their own (faster) pace on the required coursework in order to graduate early.
   (5 months)

III Marine Expeditionary Force Band (Camp Foster - Okinawa, Japan):
   Served as the principal trombonist and music librarian, and continued military training. (2 years)

Marine Band San Diego (Marine Corps Recruit Depot - San Diego, CA):
   Served as the principal trombonist and music library non-commissioned officer-in-charge (involved
   cataloging, organizing, handling several requests per day, etc.), and continued military training. I also served
   as a fire team leader in the platoon. Had the opportunity to arrange music for the LA Scots Pipe Band.
   (1 year)

Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band (Various Locations):
   1 of 18 Marines in the Marine band field chosen by the head band officer at the pentagon to participate in
   16-day tours around the country (once annually) for recruiting purposes. The band is audition-based.
   Selected in 2010, 2011, and 2012.


Michael Tapee: (972) 741-3872
   My former Bible-study leader at the University of Arkansas. Attended the 2014 Winter Conference (Fort
   Worth, Texas) together.

M. Corey Brady: (501) 849-4143
   Supervised my presidency of Phi Mu Alpha's rush class at the University of Arkansas.

Michael Burner: (479) 381-3377
   Substitute trombonist for the New York Ballet.

Daniel Quiroga: (713) 471-3216
   Former Marine band colleague. Currently a Euphonium student at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.