Jeff moved to Arizona in 2004 to pursue his doctorate studies in Clarinet Performance with Dr. Robert Spring at Arizona State University. He completed his DMA in Clarinet Performance. His former clarinet teachers include James East (SUNY Fredonia), Jon Hunter (Buffalo Philharmonic), and Kenneth Grant (Eastman School of Music). His jazz studies have come from Eddie Daniels, Bruce Johnstone, Mike Crotty, and Michael Kocour. Jeff has appeared as a guest soloist with the Arizona Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, BYU Idaho Concert Jazz Band, Salt River Brass Band (twice), ASU Jazz Repertory Band, ASU Concert Jazz Band, SUNY Fredonia Symphony Orchestra, Mesa High Symphonic Band, Mesa High Orchestra, Scottsdale Community College Band, and Paradise Valley High School Band.
Jeff starting teaching in the Mesa Public School District in 2006. He now is at Mesa High as a full time band director after spending his first 5 years in the district as the band director at Taylor Junior High. Jeff is also adjunct faculty as a clarinet instructor and chamber music ensemble director at regional Community Colleges (MCC & CGCC) and an ensemble director with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) where he directs the Wind Ensemble and is the Winds/Brass/Percussion coach for the Division 1 Full Symphony.
Jeff has had private students participate in All-State Orchestra and Band ensembles as well as regional youth symphonies (Symphony of the Southwest Youth Symphony and Phoenix Youth Symphony). He has had graduated students pursue musical careers by attending Interlochen and Arizona State University.
Jeff also maintains an active professional performing career with the Symphony of the Southwest, Cinematic Pop, ZAZU (a gypsy jazz based group that pays homage to the music of Django Reinhardt), and Fusion Winds (a Phoenix based woodwind quintet). He has also worked with the Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Symphony.
Jeff currently resides in Gilbert with his wife, Jaclyn, and their 2 children, Jordyn and Jadyn.