Geoffrey Walton

Geoffrey Walton

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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What are your educational achievements?

  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville – Jazz Performance, Music Education
  • Maryville University – BA Psychology and Sociology

How many years have you been playing?

  • 32 years

How many years have you taught music?

  • 13 years

What year did you start with Mozingo Music?

  • I worked on the sales floor and taught for Mozingo Music from 1995 to 2001.

What are your musical highlights?

  • I have had the privilege to play with David Newman, Chris Vadala, Eddie Daniels, John Pizzarelli, Dave Weckl, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry.

What musicians are you influenced by?

  • Michael Brecker
  • Sonny Stitt
  • Mike Stern
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Charlie Parker
  • Miles Davis

What bands have you played with?

  • In addition to playing with a gospel big band, Psalm 150, I have been the leader of a contemporary Christian band, PowerHouse for the last 13 years. I have also performed with local bands: Generations, Phoenix.

What is your teaching style?

  • I focus on classical, jazz, pop/rock, and contemporary Christian music. I like to introduce music theory and ear training into each lesson. Study materials will include pieces from school and selected studies out of the Rubank book.

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