A former TVMS student himself, Spencer recently moved back to his hometown of Waterford to settle down with his new family. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from UConn, with saxophone as his applied instrument. He held the baritone sax seat in the Wind Ensemble and Sax Quartet there for 3½ years. He also was in a handful of jazz ensembles, both curricular and student-led. In his twenties, Spencer would regularly sit in with the beloved Thursday night jazz trio at the Daniel Packer Inn in Mystic.
Composition has been Spencer’s top passion within music, and while at UConn he took private composition lessons with Grammy Award winning professor Dr. Kenneth Fuchs. While there, he wrote and produced incidental scores for three Connecticut Repertory Theatre productions. He has composed scores and done sound design for over 40 short films, as well as three feature-length films.
Spencer excelled in the realm of marching band, and has been a woodwind instructor for the Waterford, East Lyme, and Fitch marching bands throughout the years. His enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and love of music makes him a student favorite wherever he goes. He strives to level with his students, then show them how to take ink on a page and turn it into art through a holistic approach, incorporating technique, interpretation, theory, history, and more.