Big Apple Circus
A member of the "famed" Eagle Rock High School Jazz Band of Los Angeles, CA, under John Rinaldo, voted best High School Jazz Band in the country. Players such as Scott Colley, Louis Bonilla, Roger Ingram, Carlos Vega, and Dave Stone all had their start in the Eagle Rock Jazz Band. Sam was named "Outstanding Soloist" at the High School Competition at the Monterey Jazz Festival, playing with such renowned musicians as Ray Charles, Clark Terry, and Shelley Manne to name a few. Sam studied with John "Terry" Tirabasso while in Los Angeles, who back in the day played with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Elvis Presley in studio and film.