pianist
keyboardist
music instruction
music technology consultant
About Blake

Vita:

  • Born in Hot Springs, South Dakota
  • Raised in Billings, Montana
  • Married, father of three
  • Currently residing in Bellingham, Washington

Education:

  • Bachelor of Music, 1989
    Music Theory and Composition,
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado

  • Master of Music, 1992
    Magna Cum Laude, Music Theory and Composition,
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, Arizona

  • Post Graduate Work, 1994-1995
    Music Theory and Composition,
    Secondary in Jazz Studies,
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado

Corporate Experience:

1994-1999:

  • Corporate Consultant,
    Digital Musical Instruments
    Yamaha Corporation of America
    Buena Park, Californiaa

1995-1997:

  • Production Supervisor
    Interactive Music Architecture,
    Microsoft Network (MSN)
    Microsoft Corporation,
    Redmond, Washington

1999-Present:

  • Technical Sales Specialist
    Hi-Tech Products, Steinberg Software,
    Field Product Support Group
    Yamaha Corporation of America
    Buena Park, California

Performance Experience:

Pianist and keyboardist specializing in jazz and popular music in the following locations:

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Mackinac Island, Michigan (Grand Hotel)

Performed with:
  • Milt Hinton
  • Ira Sullivan
  • Larry Nozero
  • Milo Petersen and the Jazz Disciples
  • Julian MacDonough
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Mike Allen
  • Rane Nogales
  • Paul Chandler
  • Larry Holloway

Teaching Experience:

Private instruction in jazz piano since 1992

  • Teaching Assistant, 1991-1992
    Arizona State University
    Music Theory and Composition
    Taught music theory and aural theory

  • Faculty Associate, 1991-1992
    Arizona State University
    Jazz Studies Department
    Taught jazz arranging, jazz fundamentals and jazz combos

  • Teaching Assistant, 1994-1995
    University of Northern Colorado
    Jazz Studies Department
    Taught vocal jazz ensemble and jazz combo

Hobbies/Interests:

  • Avid skier and hiker
  • Assistant Instructor, US Taekwondo Academy and dedicated student of Grandmaster Uoon Choi, US Taekwondo Academy, Bellingham, Washington

    (For information regarding the practice of Taekwondo in Bellingham, contact US Taekwondo Academy, 360-671-8629)