Rusty is a teacher, performer, recording artist and full time faculty member of the University of Tennessee Knoxville School of Music. He is equally adept in classical music, jazz, swing, bluegrass and several other musical genres. Rusty is an active clinician in improvisation and rhythm section technique and gives master classes in orchestral and solo bass performance. Rusty has performed with such leading US jazz artists as Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Joe Lovano, Sarah Vaughn, Al Cohn and Stan Getz. He has also performed in show and made television appearances with Bob Hope, Della Reese, Liza Minelli and Jerry Lewis.