There is no other way to say it - a musical yellow brick road led me to Cedar Lane. My earlier career as trumpet player and bugler with The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own," from which I retired in 2004, was wonderful and fulfilling. I had also led a handbell choir and directed the adult choir at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria. And there were the three years I spent as Director of Orchestras at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. All of this prior to being selected as Cedar Lane's Interim Director of Music in the Fall of 2008, with a promotion to the permanent position in June of 2009.
To say that I've grown in my position would be a tremendous understatement. The responsibilities I've been given; to foster and nurture not only a thriving music ministry but also a vibrant, singing church community, have allowed me to develop talents I didn't know I possessed. I conduct, lead songs, and minister; to musicians, to the community at large, and to those who are ill and seeking comfort from familiar faces and songs. I produce concerts, presenting an amazing array of talented local musicians. And I'm blessed to manage almost seventy-five volunteer musicians from the congregation.
Music has been an integral part of Cedar Lane's history and I'm proud to bear the torch for as long as I'm able. Our objective is to help people enjoy the powers of music, in worship, or wherever they may find themselves. We have a vigorous Adult Choir that sings all styles, from the chants of Taize to the contemporary anthems of Morten Lauridsen and the Gospel settings of Rollo Dilworth. We offer singing opportunities to the very young with our Little Voices Choir, and continue through the upper grades with our Children's and Youth Choirs. Our January benefit concerts have raised over $40,000 for local charities while featuring masterpieces for orchestra, brass, and choir. Our Bell Canto bell choir has performed "Viva la Vida" in concert. During July we invite anyone who wishes to sing in our Summer Singers' Choir. We have a fantastic accompanist in Dr. Jasmin Lee and a host of Cedar Lane guest musicians who infuse our Sunday services with excellence, variety, and relevance. Come, worship with us sometime. You'll be impressed! Then, take the next step. Let me know who in your family would like to join one of our ensembles. We'll take it from there!
I spend my free time with my wife and two children in Annandale, Virginia, and lead The Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.