Gene is a nationally recognized performer, teacher & clinician.
He performs on saxophone, violin, theramin & musical saw. His broad experience includes over 20 years as a leader & a side-man touring the USA, Canada & Europe, over 20 years as an instructor & clincian, and has been a contributing editor to CANADIAN MUSICIAN's Woodwind column since 1993. Gene has also served as technical advisor/special skills tutor to television & theatre actors for roles involving performance on brass, woodwind & string
He has worked in hundreds of groups in many different settings: dance bands, orchestras, theatre pits, a cruise ship (it actually sank), big bands, film & tv soundtracks, jazz combos, jingles, showbands, numerous recording studios and chamber groups playing a diverse assortment of styles including: jazz, soul, swing, burlesque, heavy metal, funk, folk, blues, hip hop, reggae, gospel, rock, rap, experimental, classical and country.
He has performed & recorded with literally hundreds of groups including: MICHAEL BUBLE, JOHNNY REID, BUFFY SAINTE MARIE, BARENAKED LADIES, BIG SUGAR, COLIN JAMES, The LINCOLNS, TYLER YAREMA & HIS RHYTHM, RHEOSTATICS, RONNIE HAWKINS, FORD PIER (of DOA), HOCK WALSH, ROGER CLOWN, ESTHERO, The BIG BAND TRIO, BIG RUDE JAKE, VEDA HILLE, KEVIN QUAIN & The MAD BASTARDS, CADILLAC BILL & The CREEPING BENT, DUTCH MASON, MICK MARTIN & The BLUES ROCKERS, STOOPY, TABARRUK, QUE VIDA, MICHAEL KAESHAMMER, SPARKJIVER, The BOURBON TABERNACLE CHOIR, THIRD WORLD, and DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND.
Gene has been recognized for his contribution to Canada's blues & roots music with multiple Maple Blues Awards nominations as HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR.