Since moving to New York in 2005, I've enjoyed a varied career as a professional tubist. From 2010 to 2017 I held the tuba/bass chair at Chicago the Musical, and then in 2017 became Principal Tubist in the New York City Ballet Orchestra. I am also the regular tuba player in the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and have subbed in other orchestras such as the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Orchestra, and other new music groups such as the Signal and Talea ensembles.
My other main interest is in improvisation and creative music. I lead a few of my own groups and also play in ensembles with other composer/improvisers such as Ingrid Laubrock, Erica Dicker, and Anthony Braxton. My record label, Tubapede Records, releases experimental music from New York and beyond. I've been a member of Local 802 since 2007.
New York City is one of the great cities of the world, which stems from the incredible diversity and high level of its artists. It follows that the musicians’ union should represent the entire range of professional musicians who call New York City their home. For a multitude of reasons, there is an entire generation that is underserved by Local 802 as it currently stands. It doesn't have to be this way. Musicians for Change will help to initiate a fresh start, provide more resources for us, and listen anew to the needs and concerns of would-be members. Being a part of Local 802 is something in which we should all take pride, but we can only do that by making sure our union is as strong as the community that it stands for.