I began my musical training in 3rd grade, studying piano at the Golda Meir School in Milwaukee. I am so grateful to my mother for starting me on this musical journey and for all her love and support. Once I got to middle school, I joined the band in 6th grade at Whitnall playing french horn. I remained very active in music throughout middle & high school. I continued in music to earn my Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I was a member of many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, University Band, Blugold Marching Band (Drum Major), Pep Band (Assistant Director), & Horn Ensemble (Student Conductor). I studied french horn, piano, conducting, and music education. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Education at the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. I remain active by playing piano at weddings and french horn with Milwaukee’s Knightwind Ensemble. I have also performed with the Kettle Moraine Symphony, Chippewa Valley Symphony, Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, & Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.
I am currently the Director of Bands at Shorewood High School where I conduct the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Drumline. In addition, I assist with the bands at the Intermediate School. Prior to Shorewood, I taught music in the Gilman, West Bend, and Green Bay School Districts. I also teach private music lessons and was recently invited to be a guest conductor with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Community Band. My professional affiliations include the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education.
I have been performing magic since I was 10 years old. My grandfather introduced me to magic, showing me the 21 Card Effect, and it began my journey in magic. This was all before YouTube, so I started by reading all the books I could get my hands on from the library. I practiced everyday and started performing for family, friends, and school talent shows. I was even hired as a children’s birthday party magician while still in high school. My stage name was a mix between Kujawa and Harry Houdini, The Great Kujini. In college, I performed shows called “Kuj Live” which combined magic, music, and comedy. Today I simply go by my own name. I’ve performed for universities, high schools, county fairs, birthday parties, organizations, and corporations. I also teach courses in magic and published a card trick eBook. If you’re interested in learning more about getting starting in magic, check out an old blog post that I’ve converted to a Google Doc or PDF. Big shout out to my dad all these years for being my prop builder, business card supplier, and supporter. Thanks!
Revised September 2019