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From almost as early as I can remember, I loved music.
My father performed concerts and taught music lessons full time while I was growing up, and he shared with me his joy for music and knowledge of teaching.
During high school and college, I played saxophone in the marching band, wind ensemble, big bands, and jazz combos.
When I was 13, my father took me to my first traditional music jam session at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH. My whole world changed, as I was inspired by the music and the cameraderie. In early adulthood, I became a regular at that session and several others, expanding my repertoire and honing my technique on tin whistle and wooden flute and singing Irish songs and sea chanties. For a while, I was going to 2-3 sessions every week, and gradually I began playing concerts as well.
Over the years I've played at sessions with Niall and Cillian Vallely, Paddy Keenan, Eamonn and Mick Coyne, Kevin Crawford (of Lunasa), Paul McGrattan, Peter Molloy (son of Matt Molloy), Brendan McGlinchy, Jeff Warner, Barry Finn, and many others. I've played with various bands for Ceilidh dances and contra dances, and I played sax and flute in a Hawaiian fusion band for about two years.
March 2009 to May 2011 I sang in the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. (Venues include the Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA; NFL game with SF 49ers at Candlestick Park; NBA game with the Golden State Warriors at the Oakland Coliseum; Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Healdsburg, CA.)
I've been teaching music lessons regularly since 2008. I've also played and sung at weddings, memorial services, and other sacred celebrations since 2001.
During the day, I am a high school physics teacher and K-7 music teacher. I've been teaching science in the classroom, science camps, and doing school science assemblies and performances since 2000. Check out my outdoor science education blog: http://redtailontrail.blogspot.com/.