In addition to saxophone, I also teach flute, clarinet, trumpet and piano. The only thing that matters is a desire to learn to play an instrument! I teach virtually and in my home on the southwest side of Columbus.
As a former band director at St. Pius X, St. Matthew, St. Philip, St. Catherine, KIPP Journey Academy, Columbus Bilingual Academy, Coyle Music Saturday Band program, and New Horizons Band of Central Ohio, I have taught thousands of students and helped them to grow as players and to love music.
I have been teaching lessons and performing professionally since 1989. My main focus with students is to build a solid foundation upon which they can become the best musician possible. This is accomplished by teaching them how to read music, develop stable timing/rhythm, proper technique, and good breath support on their instrument.
Wes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from Bowling Green State University where he was a student of Dr. John Sampen. He has performed with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Concert Band, Columbus Symphony, United States Navy Band Woodwind Quintet, University of Kentucky Orchestra, Bowling Green Philharmonia, Lexington Philharmonic, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra and the Westerville Symphony. As one of the original members of the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, Wes was a First Prize Winner in the 1992 Wind Division of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has also had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses with Claude Delangle (Paris Conservatory), Don Sinta (Univ. of Michigan), and Fred Hemke (Northwestern University). Additionally, he was the adjunct replacement for saxophone professor, Dr. Michael Cox at Capital University, and Prof Kovaleski at Otterbein University.
Currently he teach private lessons, conducts the Buckeye Home School Bands, plays soprano saxophone in the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet and is principal saxophone in the Ohio Capital Winds.