• Composer (Concert, Media, Theater)

  • Arranger & Orchestrator (Classical, Jazz, Commercial)

  • Trumpeter (Classical, Jazz, Commercial)

  • Music Director & Band Leader

  • Music Preparation

  • Teaching

  • Bilingual in English / Spanish


  • B.M. in Trumpet Performance from Missouri State University (1999)

  • M.M. in Music Composition in progress at Southern Methodist University (2021).

  • Studied composition with Dr. Robert Frank, the late Dr. Carolyn Bremer, Dr. Michael Murray, and Dr. John Prescott. 

  • Studied trumpet with Dr. Neil Seipp, Dr. Grant Peters, and Adrian Griffin.


  • 2020 - Composed Moon Dances, my third original composition for Symphony Orchestra, which will be read by the SMU Symphony in Fall 2020. 

  • 2020 - Completed my first one-act musical theater opera, Waiting Room, which was workshopped by the SMU Opera Department, and slated for performance before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled all performances. 

  • 2019 - Selected as Composer in Residence for the Irving Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-2020 season, which premiered Huapango de los Muertos for Symphony Orchestra (my second original orchestral work) on Feb. 22, 2020.  

  • 2019 - Celestial Orbits, a musical palindrome for Wind Ensemble, premiered by the SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble.

  • 2019 - Commissioned by Dr. William Haugeberg of the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley to compose Huapango de los Muertos for Trombone and String Quartet. Premiered at the 2019 International Trombone Festival..

  • 2018 - Commissioned by Dr. Cara Pollard of Texas Christian University to compose Metamorphosis: A Butterfly's Journey of Transformation for the Imbroglio Sextet, which was recorded in Spain in August 2019, and slated to be premiered in 2020. 

  • 2011 - Winner 2011 Cal-State Bakersfield Composition Competition for Heroes & Villains for Wind Ensemble. Performed by the Cal-State Bakersfield community concert band in Bakersfield, CA that same year. 

  • 2010 - Winner 2010 Penfield Music Commission Project Composition Contest for Heroes & Villains for Wind Ensemble. Premiered by the Penfield High School Wind Ensemble in Rochester, NY that same year. 

  • 2005 - Winner "Best Arrangement" 2005 Northrop International Brass Band Composition Competition in the "Arrangement" category for Carol of the Bells for Brass Band. Received public performance.

  • 2000 - My first original work for symphony orchestra (at the time called Orchestral Sketch #1, but later revised and adapted for Wind Ensemble and renamed Heroes & Villains) is premiered by the Missouri State University Symphony. 



Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (2018-present)

  • Active as a composer and arranger while finishing my M.M. in Composition from SMU.

  • Composed a number of chamber works, works for wind ensemble and full symphony orchestra, and a one-act musical theater opera.

  • Active as a freelance trumpeter performing many different styles in many different types of ensembles.

  • Active teaching private trumpet lessons to students around the DFW metroplex.


Monterrey, Mexico (2015-2017)

  • Performed regularly as a freelance professional trumpeter. 

  • Started MonteJAZZ Vintage Bands offering a jazz combo, Dixieland band, second line band, jazz-pop combo, and swinging rock & roll band for private events.

  • Wrote dozens of arrangements of jazz standards and pop songs for various combos. 


Life at Sea (2014)

  • Served several contracts as a showband musician onboard Princess & Carnival Cruises. 

  • Composed I Dream A World and an early draft of Metamorphosis.


Monterrey, Mexico (2012-2013)

  • Became more active as a freelance performer after several years away from the horn.

  • Began playing jazz, a habit that continues. 

  • Conducted a short-lived big band.​


​Los Angeles, CA (2001-2012)

  • Worked as a freelance arranger, composer, and occasional performer.

  • Composed a number of pieces for brass band and wind ensemble.

  • ​Composed music for several independent short films.

  • Worked on several musicals (never produced).

  • Formed a short-lived British-style brass band, and a brass quintet


​Springfield, MO (1995-2000)

  • Studied at Missouri State Unviersity. Trumpet & Composition.

  • Performed in the university Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, as well as local freelance gigs.

  • Conducted the local Salvation Army Brass Band for 1 year. 

  • Composed a 7-minute orchestral piece that was later revised and adapted (and revised again) to become Heroes & Villains.

San Antonio, TX

  • Started my music career in beginning band in Texas Public Schools



  • Remain active as a full-time professional composer, arranger, and performer.

  • Create an extensive catalog of concert compositions (with emphasis on wind ensemble), have them professionally recorded, frequently performed, and be regularly commissioned to write more. 

  • Earn a D.M.A. in Composition from a reputable university.

  • Do my part to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation.

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