Ray Charles

I was fortunate to get the opportunity to play with the legendary Ray Charles for the Millennium Ball at Nemacolin Woodlands. I remember looking over at him and thinking, I’m about to play “Georgia on My Mind” with Ray Charles. It’s one of those times as a musician when you have to stop and take it all in. I still get chills thinking about that moment, and I’m so glad that my early career led me to that performance with him. 

Andrea Bocelli

What a production! It was not just a singer singing songs with an orchestra; it was a full-on musical program. That made it fun and different. He had guest artists singing with him, dancers, videos of his performances behind the orchestra, and tons of cameras all around to capture every angle of the show. The whole concert ran smoothly. It was a well-oiled machine. One funny thing I’ll always remember is they didn’t have coffee backstage; they had an espresso machine! It was great! The Italians don’t mess around! Mr. Bocelli is an incredible artist, his voice is effortless, and he did THREE encores after the concert, ending with the quintessential “Nessun Dorma.”

The Eagles

This show was unique in that there was no rehearsal. We were given the music ahead of time and showed up for the concert. The orchestra was separate from the other musicians, and we were told to wait and that we weren’t allowed to take any photos. I played principal, and all of the principal players had to have a quick meeting with the tour players for them to point out a few things. The Eagles’ security team was extreme, and we had to leave immediately after. Playing the iconic “Desperado” was the highlight. I won’t ever forget it.

Patrizio Buanne Tour

This tour made me appreciate the quality musicians who were hired and the incredible musical director, Vito DiSalvo. They allowed the music to be seamless, fun, and exciting. It was the first time I traveled on a tour bus or experienced “fans.” They followed us from city to city.

Stewart Copeland

I am still in disbelief that I got to play this world premiere! Stewart Copeland of The Police was a musical hero of mine growing up, one of the most prolific rock artists of my generation. 

My 13-year-old self would’ve been freaking out! The title “Satan’s Fall” is bold, so I didn’t know what to expect of this metal opera. Copeland described to us that hearing all the parts come together for the first time was like a dream coming to life. The highlight of the performance was in the energy everyone committed to the piece, and it made all the difference. We were all focused in to perform with the intensity the composition deserves, making musical history and giving the work a voice. As a musician I have long admired, it was a huge honor to meet and play for Copeland. Gracious and extremely approachable, he treated us like, together, we were all an important part of this project.