March 20, 2013 (Scroll down for more appearances on American Idol, in April and May 2013!)

it was a thrill tonight to play on LIVE  TV before millions of viewers, on  AMERICAN IDOL,
accompanying fabulous vocalist Amber Holcomb on her version of the Beatles' SHE'S LEAVING HOME.

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You'll notice we don't have music stands; we all had to memorize our music (on a day's notice).

My friend Peggy Baldwin got a nice closeup too!

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Here's Peggy and me at the musicians' dressing room at CBS.

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And here I am with Idol's amazing music director Ray Chew.  What a shame you don't often get to see him on the show; the band is often hidden behind the big oval screen on the stage.

April 2013: once again accompanying Amber, this time on WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (music by Michel Legrand, lyric by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, arranged by Ray Chew)
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May 8, 2013
Another big production number on AMERICAN IDOL - this time, I was one of the musicians lucky enough to accompany the new star Candice Glover, on "Somewhere" from West Side Story. Candice went on to WIN this season! Go, Candice!

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my first time on American Idol, 2009

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