Mr. Slater grew up in Cary, Illinois and began playing trumpet in 5th grade. In addition to being in various music ensembles at Cary Grove High School, he was also a pitcher on the baseball team. Mr. Slater was a scholarship athlete in baseball at McHenry County College, and graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Music Education.
Mr. Slater is a frequent performer in the Chicago area in various rock groups, jazz bands, as well as numerous classical settings. He has played with Manhattan Transfer, Jon Faddis, Alan Held, John Cooper; and has recently opened for the Gin Blossoms, Three Dog Night, and David Cassidy.
Mr. Slaterâ€™s favorite musicians range widely. His favorites are: trumpet greats Maynard Ferguson and Maurice Andre, the rock band Chicago, the iconic Neil Diamond, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Outside of the music classroom Mr. Slater is a passionate Cubs fan, but also enjoys watching and studying the umpires just as much as cheering for the Cubs.