About Greg

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An established talent in the Baltimore-Washington music community, Greg maintains a multi-faceted presence as a pianist, trumpeter, educator, composer, and author. 

As a pianist, he has performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival, Baltimore-Washington Jazz Festival, IAJE Regional Jazz Festival, Free Fall Baltimore, and the Concordia Chamber Players Concert Series.  Recent performing credits include Emmy-winning Richard Chisholm’s latest documentary, “Gun Show,” the Silver Spring Jazz Festival (with the Songbook Jazz Quintet, opening for headliner Branford Marsalis), and Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art (with Swingtopia).  

A former finalist for the United States Naval Academy Next Wave Jazz Ensemble/Concert Band audition, Greg has shared the stage professionally with artists including Chris Gekker, Chris Vadala, Darryl Brenzel, Linda Mabbs, Lena Seikaly, Robert Gibson, Michelle Djokic, Julie Keim, Greg Thompkins, Todd Butler, Scott Paddock, Brent Madsen, Tim Powell, Nucleo Vega, Swingtopia, Backstage, the Potomac Jazz Project, and the Baltimore Jazz Collective.  Instructors include Jon Ozment, Ron Elliston, Tim Murphy, Fred Hughes, and Joyce Keedy. See piano bio for more information and sound clips.

Greg’s debut recording, Singularity, is now available on the Fundamental Sounds label. An eclectic mix of largely original music for solo piano, Singularity transcends stylistic boundaries in a variety of unexpected and compelling ways. He is currently working on conceptions for a follow-up recording, also to be comprised of largely original music.

As a trumpeter, Greg has also maintained an active presence, performing with the National Wind Ensemble, Washington Brass Quintet, Summer Opera Theater Company, Baltimore Quadrophonic Brass and University of Maryland Brass Ensemble. He has also performed as a student of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as well as being featured as a soloist on Shepherd University’s concert tour of Ireland, performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Instructors include Chris Gekker, Phil Snedecor, and Wayne Cameron. See trumpet bio for more information and sound clips.

Recently, Greg delved into the world of writing, publishing “72 Lanterns,” a stylistically diverse collection of original poetry.  He is currently at work on a follow-up release, a steadily lengthening short story whose end, though in sight, remains still in the author’s head.

Greg holds degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park (M.M., Jazz Studies, Piano Concentration), Towson University (B.S., Psychology, Top 10% of Class), and Shepherd University (B.A., Music Performance, Trumpet Concentration, Cum Laude). A highly in-demand educator, he also maintains a teaching studio of 55 to 60 students in both piano and trumpet through Music and Arts (Ellicott City and Laurel), as well as his own private studio.

In his spare time, Greg enjoys reading (avidly), following the Baltimore Orioles (hopelessly), collecting live Dave Matthews recordings (fervently), and playing the guitar (poorly).