Born in Detroit, Michigan, Fred began playing in third grade, moving to Arizona in 1973 earning a BM in Music Education from the University of Arizona and MM in Trumpet Performance from Arizona State University. He has become one of the most in demand freelance trumpeters in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and first call lead trumpet player for Star Acts like Johnny Mathis, David Foster, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Al Jarreau and many others. Fred also plays lead trumpet for touring Broadway Shows from New York, such as 42nd Street, Wicked, The Producers, All Shook Up, and virtually every tour that comes into Phoenix. Fred has also been a salaried musician with the Tucson Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras.

Fred has held faculty positions at Tempe High School, Arizona State University and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa Community College. He has been a clinician, adjudicator, or guest performer at high schools and universities in Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Kansas. His former students are teaching or performing in New York, LA, Nashville, Chicago and Phoenix. In recognition of excellence in teaching, Fred was awarded the Mesa Community College Outstanding Teacher Award for the academic year 2005 – 2006.

Fred has played with internationally known jazz artists Bob Mintzer, Don Menza, Roger Kellaway, Pete Magadini, Bill Watrous, Judy Roberts, Ernie Watts, David Friesen, John Stowall, Dan Haerle, Pat LaBarbera, Bob Sheppard, Jim Snidero, Bobby Shew, Carl Saunders, Lewis Nash and others. He has performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival and toured the U.S. and Japan with the Bobby Caldwell Big Band playing the world famous Blue Note jazz clubs in Tokyo and Osaka. Current projects include The Armand Boatman Be Bop Revolution and The Arizona Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

In the recording studio, Fred has performed on countless jingles, C.D.s, nationally syndicated T.V. and Movie dates recorded in Phoenix. He has produced the jazz CDs "Into The Mist" (Summit Records), "Playground", "MCC Jazz Faculty", "Then and Now", "MCC Jazz Ensembles" and "Faculty Nonet" (Sea Breeze Records), "Justice for the Earth" with Chuck Marohnic and Seeds (Ravenswave Records), "The Armand Boatman Be Bop Revolution" (Tempest Records) and "Chasing Horizons" (OA2 Records).

Star Acts
Natalie Cole               Ella Fitzgerald               Lena Horne               Dionne Warwick
Bernadette Peters      Dinah Shore                  Carol Channing         Debbie Reynolds
Mitzi Gaynor              Gladys Knight/Pips         Rosemary Clooney    Diane Carroll
Marilyn McCoo            Roberta Flack                Debbie Boone          Marie Osmond
Helen Ready              Donna Summer              Diana Ross              Johnny Mathis
Mel Torme                 Dean Martin                   Bob Hope                Tennessee Ernie Ford
Jim Neighbors            Tony Bennett                 Al Martino                Perry Como
Michael Buble             David Foster                  Al Jarreau               Glen Campbell
Gatlin Brothers           John Davidson               The Lettermen         The Four Freshmen
Roy Clark                  Donny Osmond              Steve and Eydie       Don Rickles
Danny Ganns             The Smothers Bros.       The Four Tops          The Temptations
The Spinners             The O'Jays                     Styx                       The Moody Blues
Barry Manilow            Ray Charles                   Pebo Bryson           Luther Vandross
The Pointer Sisters     The Coasters                  Bo Diddly                Henry Mancini
Marvin Hamlish           Bob Newhart                 Marlene Ricci          Mannheim Steamroller

Broadway Shows
Chorus Line                        West Side Story                        Evita
Chicago                              Sound of Music                         Ragtime
City of Angels                     Titanic                                      Cinderella
Scarlet Pimpernell               Jelly's Last Jam                         Sunset Boulevard
Kiss Me Kate                       42nd Street                              Big
Grand Hotel                        Peter Pan                                 Bye Bye Birdie
Guys and Dolls                    My Fair Lady                             Victor, Victoria
Camelot                             Crazy For You                           Grease
Carousel                             Sweet Charity                           All Shook Up
Legally Blonde                     Wicked                                    Mary Poppins
The Color Purple


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