BA - The New School
MM - California State University, Sacramento
DMA - University of Colorado, Boulder
Prior to his appointment at MU, Sam directed jazz ensembles and taught jazz courses at the University of California-Davis, Santa Clara University, and American River College. A native of Monterey, California, Sam was a participant in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s youth education programs and was inspired to become a musician by the mentoring and relationships created through these programs. Sam holds degrees from The New School (B.A. Jazz Studies), California State University, Sacramento (M.M. Music Performance), and the University of Colorado, Boulder (D.M.A. Jazz Studies).
As a performer, Sam has shared the stage with a notable list of jazz greats and performed in clubs and venues across the United States, Europe, and Japan. In addition to performing, Sam is also an active composer and author. Sam consistently premiered works during his stint as Director of Jazz Ensembles at UCD and SCU. An active clinician and festival judge, Sam has adjudicated the Reno Jazz Festival, CSU-Stanislaus Jazz Festival, Gold Mine Country Jazz Fest, and the Elk Grove Jazz Festival, among others. Sam is currently finishing his first book – The Jazz Trombone Book which should be finished by late 2017 (www.jazztrombonebook.com).