Grammy Award-winning jazz artist and educator who was one of the foremost big-band musicians of his era.
He played with and arranged for the Air Force Academy Falconaires for several years, from 1969 until 1973.
He released five solo albums that earned a total of 11 Grammy nominations. He also published educational books on jazz.
He grew up in Garden City, Kansas.
He wrote music for several notables, including Louie Bellson and Art Farmer.