The moment I realized I was a musician I found purpose. My second year in high school I saw an abandon trumpet after baseball practice. I took it home for safe keeping to return it to the teammate it belonged to. Little did I know, that this was the beginning of my life's adventure in the arts.
After a failed attempt to make a sound, I became anxious to get my friend to show me what to do. Tomorrow seemed like an eternity but it came, and I learned the art of sound. From that one simple lesson I was smitten with the desire to become a musician.
Although a late bloomer, the atmosphere of music inspired me to further my music studies. I have become a multi-instrumentalist and have been in music education for over 30 years with an earned doctorate in music. At present, I chair the Department of Fine Arts and direct the BB King Recording Studio at Mississippi Valley State University while maintaining a performance schedule and advocating the arts through lectures, workshops, and writings. Music has strengthen my soul, giving me a deeper appreciation for the many facets of humankind and love of life.