was born into a family of professional musicians in 1931 and was educated in Memphis , TN.He attended Yale University on scholarship , receiving a BA in theory & composition and a BMus & MMus in clarinet from the Yale School of Music
principal teachers in composition were Paul Hindemith , Quincy Porter and Richard Donovan.He
studied conducting , arranging and clarinet with Keith Wilson , whom he
served for three years as assistant conductor of the Yale Band.He
did some part-time teaching at the University of Bridgeport
and much professional work in dance bands , theater pit orchestras and symphony orchestras , including the New Haven , Bridgeport and Fairfield Symphonies.In 1959 he joined the faculty of Hofstra University , where he was band director for 35 years , retiring as emeritus professor of music in 1996
taught conducting , orchestration , band arranging and the history of jazz.Since retiring he continues to compose and has founded Sonus Music to promote his compositions
is also published by Associated Music and EB Marks Music , Inc.
.He is a member of A.S.C.A.P. , American Music Center , the Society of Composers and the College Band Directors Association , for which he has served as Original Compositions for Band commiteeman and Eastern Division president
wife now reside in Gainesville , FL..
Sonus Music 205 SW 75th Street # 6B , Gainesville , FL 32607