I am very excited to join the Roots and Boots program. Teaching violin is my family vocation, I watched my Mom with countless students over the years and I myself have been teaching fiddle for over 20 years. Since moving to Tucson from Santa Barbara in 2010 I have embraced bluegrass, swing, and contest fiddle wholeheartedly and my students have gone on to win the AZ state fiddle championship 6 times and First place in the swing division at Weiser. I love to introduce beginners to bluegrass and teach jam “survival” strategies. For more advanced musicians, we discuss fine details like drive, rhythm, ornaments and double-stops, while figuring out what makes the masters so great. You can catch me onstage with Tucson musicians like Peter McLaughlin, Matt Mitchell, Evan Dain, and Alvin Blaine. My touring Gypsy jazz/vocal band, The Black Market Trust performs at larger theaters around the country and jazz festivals too.