BJ was born and raised in Texas and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Texas A&M Kingsville. He moved to Rochester in 2005 and began teaching private instrumental lessons throughout the Rochester area. In demand as a performer, he has trumpeted most recently with the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Grupo Calle Uno Salsa Band, Webster Theatre Guild, Rochester Brass Quintet, Music Maker's Big Band, and the Pittsford Fire Department Band. In 2006 BJ founded Upbeat Music, and in 2007 he helped found the Rochester Brass Quintet. After joining the Pittsford Fire Department Band as a trumpeter in the summer of 2006, BJ gladly accepted the post of Conductor in 2007. Since then BJ has strived to help the band perform musically and engage audiences throughout the Upstate New York region.
The Pittsford Volunteer Fire Department Band, since its inception in 1946, has been providing music for our beloved Pittsford Fire Department. Tedo D'Aurizio, Director Emeritus, led the band from 1971 until 2006. The band has received the prestigious title of "New York State Fire Department Band Champions" seven times.