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• I play a TM Custom tenor saxophone designed by Randy Jones at Tenor Madness This horn is really special to me and I can't say enough great things about Randy.
• I studied with Greg Banaszak and Bob Reynolds I learned so much from these two guys.
• I manage Guitar Center in West Des Moines. My fourteen-year-old-self can't believe that I work at a music store.
• I was a member of Corey Taylor’s Junk Beer Kidnap Band in 2009. Yes, it was really cool.
• I taught at Muskingum College, Ohio University-Zanesville, Kent State, Hiram College, Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, College of Mount St. Joseph, South-Western Community College and Central College between the years of 1997 to 2008. It was a very special time in my life. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to teach.
I added a Radial ABO Switcher to my pedalboard. The importance of these recordings is not the notes I’m playing but the sounds and How I’m doing it. In the past, I’ve recorded myself and then muted the dry sax. This is all live. So, for the first time, I’m able to create the sounds immediately that I’ve had to edit in the past.
I’ve wanted this pedal for about nine months. It was worth the wait. I feel that I’m finally able to create the sounds I hear in my head the way that I want to create them. I enjoy recording but I feel most comfortable playing live. However, I want to bring the magic of the studio to a live situation. By adding the ABO Switch, I can now send Just the saxophone, Filtered saxophone and Delay’d saxophone or any combination of the three.
I made a trip to my favorite saxophone shop tonight: Tenor Madness in Waterloo, Iowa. Owned and operated by Randy and Shirley Jones, I’ve been going to them for saxophone repair, lengthy conversations and chocolate cake for years. Tonight, I was too busy playing to take any pictures. So, you’ll have to take my word for it when I tell you that I played some of the new TM Customs while Randy worked on mine. I tried out a variety of Tino Schucht necks and three prototype mouthpieces. And no trip to Tenor Madness would be complete without giving extra attention to the shop dog Pipa; a beautiful Weimaraner puppy.
Ever since I started playing saxophone, I’ve been embarrassed or disappointed by the fact that everyone says that the saxophone is sexy. For so long I just wanted the saxophone to be taken seriously. I don’t know why; I’m not a freedom fighter; I’m just a musician. So, now my attitude is: if the saxophone makes you want to fuck: go for it! I’ll provide the soundtrack for whatever it is that you like to do.