Influenced by contemporary improvisational, Brazilian, and fusion/electronic music, Sam's playing and composing styles reflect a desire to say something about the poignancy of the world and the beauty of nature.
A member of the MMEA All-State Jazz Band in 2017, the Interlochen 2018 Jazz Camp, the top-placing Class AA big band for the 2019 Eau Claire Jazz Festival, and a sub for the Big Time Jazz Orchestra and the Owls Club Big Band, Sam has been an active participant in his local and regional music scene. He also released his debut album First Steps, featuring Matt Tessier on bass and Cory Coffman on drums, in 2017. His latest highlights include performing with trumpet player/composer/educator Adam Meckler at the first annual ISD709 Jazz Festival and enrolling at Berklee College of Music on a World Tour Scholarship.
For many years, Sam studied with Suzuki instructors Denise Lindquist and John McLaird, and later took a new direction in his development when he began lessons with Ryan Frane. Since this shift to improvisation, Sam has attended a multitude of clinics hosted by active jazz educators and performers. He currently studies with
Yoko Miwa at Berklee.