Derrick’s success hasn’t come overnight; he had a violin in his hand before he was old enough to ride a bike, followed by the trumpet at age 10. At age 14, his training ramped up when he began taking private lessons with Dave Chartrey, and his understanding suffering for art was reinforced by brutal 7am jazz band rehearsals in his teens.
As with most people, college and career pulled his focus away from music and his musical dreams took a backseat to the practicalities of Real Life. However, old habits die hard, so after a decade of neglect, Derrick dusted off his trumpet case and began taking lessons with Grammy award-winning jazz artist Pete Rodriguez. His abilities soon got him noticed by the local jazz scene, and he has been playing around Austin ever since. If you’re lucky, you can still catch him in between gigs with Carlos Sosa’s Groveline Horns.