CBS Mornings

Hello Friends! I am very pleased to announce that starting tomorrow, 9/7, you can hear my solo trumpet grace the theme and music of the newly rebranded CBS Mornings (fmr CBS This Morning) which features creative reinventions of the famous “Abblasen” trumpet fanfare. Other famous trumpeters that have graced the CBS network with this fanfare include Wynton Marsalis (currently featured on CBS Sunday Morning), Doc Severinson, and Don Smithers. It is beyond an honor to be included on that list. CBS Mornings airs weekdays, 7-9am on your local CBS affiliate.

Some upcoming performances of note:

With Milquetoast & Co:
Sept 10 @Milwaukee Summerfest on the Miller lite Oasis stage (w/ Sugarhill Gang, Wilco, Trapper Schoepp)
Sept 17 @ Westword Music Showcase (Denver)
Oct 23 @Marquis Theater (Denver) Album release show
For more dates and info:

With Denver Brass:
Nov 6 @Bethany Lutheran (Denver) 2 shows- 2 & 7:30. details at

August/September 2021

Hey friends-

UPCOMING: Well, a new season is upon us and feeling very grateful for forward momentum. In the immediate couple of months:

-I’ll be headed to Nashville to record my solo country record featuring trumpet and all original compositions with engineer and multi-instrumentalist, Paul Defiglia (fmr Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim).

-Starting the 21/22 Denver Brass season (tickets and dates:

-Playing Milwaukee’s Summerfest on the Miller Light Oasis stage on Sept 10 with Milquetoast & Co opening for Wilco, Sugarhillgang. details at

-Masterclasses at Cal State Fullerton and Arizona State University

Feeling lucky to have kept things moving along during a challenging 2020-2021. Highlights included:

– Playing my first full season with the Denver Brass

-Stepping in as Visiting Faculty/ Trumpet Studio Teacher at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music

-joining the faculty of the Lamont Summer Academy for their summer festival as trumpet faculty

-Arranging and recording strings and brass for Denver’s Milquetoast & Co’s upcoming record along with appearing in 3 music videos, a web series (my acting debut!) and playing a slew of online performance

-Completing the first year of my DMA at Arizona State University as a teaching assistant in both the Jazz and Trumpet studios. Duties included directing the Jazz Repertory Band, coaching two brass quintets, holding down a fantastic trumpet studio, and teaching fundamental and mock audition classes.

-Gave masterclasses at University of North Texas, University of Minnesota, University of S. Illinois Edwardsville, University of Denver, and Arizona State University

The latest

Hello friends, it’s been awhile. The latest: Sam is pleased to join the faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music as a guest lecturer for the trumpet studio during their 2021 spring quarter! In addition, he will also serve as trumpet faculty for the Lamont Summer Academy. Check out all the wonderful happenings here-

Although this year has been a complete slog, a few bright spots in the silver lining over the last year have been performing with the Denver Brass during their 20/21 virtual season! Info and past/future live streams can be found here:

Musical alliances have also been forged with Denver based band, Milquetoast & CO. You can check out some of Sammy’s string and brass arrangements on this beautiful tune:

Milquetoast & CO is quite active and currently in the studio. For updates and EVENTUAL tour dates, go here: /

Continued academic and teaching pursuits are ongoing at Arizona State University. Look out for Dr. Always in 2022.



Hey friends/lovers-

My current dates with An American in Paris can be found here: AAIP Schedule

I’ll be taking a leave from AAIP to join West Side Story on lead trumpet in Asia and Europe, Sept 12- January 28th. More info to follow.

I’ll be making an appearance on bass with my Denver rock band, Decatur, at the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) in Denver, July 27-30. More info HERE