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 Symphony Orchestra Music Box Concert Series, Baltimore-Washington Jazz Festival, IAJE Regional Jazz Festival, Free Fall Baltimore, Embassy of Italy, and the Concordia Chamber Players Concert Series.  Recent performing credits include the debut album of Ravita Jazz, “Oriana,” the Grasso-Ravita Jazz Ensemble’s critically acclaimed debut recording of all original music, “Jagged Spaces,” 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, Brent Birckhead, Maria Broom, 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 Consortium, and the Grasso-Ravita Jazz Ensemble. Previous instructors include Jon Ozment, Ron Elliston, Tim Murphy, Fred Hughes, and Joyce Keedy.  Please visit the piano bio page 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.  Previous instructors include Chris Gekker, Phil Snedecor, and Wayne Cameron.  Please visit the trumpet bio page for more information and sound clips.

Recently, Greg delved into the world of writing, publishing “72 Lanterns,” a stylistically diverse collection of original poetry, and How Alfred Won, a coming of age novella. He also has contributed to the quarterly newsletter of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance – his most recent article is available here.

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 is a full-time piano and trumpet instructor (Elite Tier) at Music and Arts (Ellicott City, Laurel, and Timonium), as well as at his own private studio.

Greg is available and happy to work with you on your project.  Whether you need a pianist, trumpeter, private teacher, copywriter, editor, or proofreader, Greg will go the extra mile to ensure a productive, smooth collaboration. Additionally, Greg is a member of the Maryland State Arts Council Touring Roster. The MSAC grants funds to organizations for the purpose of sponsoring performances of Touring Roster members, among many other outreaches.

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