I still feel honored when I am asked to perform, either music or words. I feel affirmed, invited at a deep level, to show up and share something hidden deep inside that can only emerge when others are present. My goal is to incite the energy of those present to come join me as we play in the field Rumi immortalized: 

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

Leading a drum circle procession in 2010 for a downtown Durham wedding (groom has purple tie)


I play violin and clarinet with Huzzah, a swing band with strings and horns that plays early jazz and Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grapelli inspired tunes.

Bulltown Strutters

I play clarinet and lead the Bulltown Strutters, a large New Orleans influenced brass band in Durham NC, which I started in 2010. We bring the joy of a New Orleans second line parade, inspiring folks to sing along and dance, whether we play on stage or in the streets.

Upcoming Events

11 February 2024, Sunday Noon to 5pm
Daytime Mardi Gras under the Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701.
Celebrate Mardi Gras early at this FREE all-ages, Sunday afternoon event, rain, snow, or sun.
Free crafting booths for kids & adults – shoe box floats & costuming + the Scrap Exchange.
Live music & dancing. Second line parades every hour.
Glass Jug Beer tent. Food trucks.
Sponsored by Glass Jug Beer Lab, the Bulltown Strutters and the Cajammers.
More details at

13 February 2024 – Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras Day
6:00pm Bulltown Strutters lead a Mardi Gras jam at the Bull, CCB Plaza, 201 Corcoran Street, Durham 27701.
6:30 Sidewalk Parade from CCB Plaza
8:00 Bulltown Strutters perform at Motorco, 723 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham 27701

24 February 2024, Saturday 7-10pm
Wesley Shelter in Wilson, NC. Bulltown Strutters headlines their New Orleans themed Annual Fundraiser and Celebration.
Wilson Arts Center, 204 Nash Street S, Wilson NC 27893

Past Events

13 January 2024
Bulltown Strutters lead Cary’s “Under the Silver Moon Lantern Parade” starting from the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave, Cary, NC 27513 and going to the Great Lawn, where there will be drumming and fire dancing.

9 December 2023, Huzzah at Succotash Southern & Creole Restaurant, 3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Ste. 200 Durham, NC 27707. Dancing broke out amongst the tables.

5 November 2023, Bulltown Strutters at the 8th Annual Death Faire 
We play a mock New Orleans Jazz Funeral at Sanctuary of the Burrow, a conservation burial ground at 4479 Moncure Pittsboro Road Moncure, NC  27559.  After a graveside ceremony, we lead a procession up the gravel road to a potluck.

21 October 2023, Huzzah plays for the Triangle Swing Dance Society, keeping a large room of dancers at it all night in the historic Murphey School, near Hillsborough NC.