- Helen Keller, American blind & deaf educator (1880 - 1968) “Life is a journey and it’s always most interesting when you’re not sure where you’re going... I love the adventure of doing things I haven’t done before”
- George Stevens, American film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer (December 18, 1904 - March 8, 1975) "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain (pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens), American author (1835 – 1910)
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1858 - 1919)
"Among the varied opportunities for music study available to children and adults in the United States, applied instruction in an independent music studio is one of the most important. Tutorial instruction offers a unique opportunity for interaction that can intensely focus on the student's technical and artistic development through modeling in the master-apprentice tradition (Uszler, 1992). Diminishing financial support for music programs in some public schools has reduced access to music study, increasing the importance of private music study. Applied music instruction is important not only to those students who demonstrate a particular aptitude for performance; it is also a viable venue for musical participation within the general population."
-Kenneth Williams, Ohio State University(2002) "Applications of Research in Music Education"
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
- Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist (February 26, 1802 - May 22, 1885)
Conductor/Director, Composer/Arranger, Producer/Performer, Manager/Educator
Dr D has appeared/studied/worked with:
Big Jack Johnson
Boot the Owl
Byrds of Prey
Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets
"Dynamism Central" - Sanctuary Radio
Happy Horse Band
Hole in Your Soul
JHS Jazz Band
Mohonasen Marching Band
Mohonasen Stage Band
Rockin' Rick and the Homewreckers
The Albany Academies Wind Ensemble
Union College Theater
US Navy All-Star Band
and many, many more...
Dr D has appeared on TV and film for NBC, HBO and various independent productions.