In his years at Northern, he was placed in the Intercollegiate Jazz Band two years in a row (2017 & 2018). Being at Northern, Eli has had amazing opportunities to play with well known cats in the Jazz scene. This includes Darmon Meader (Jazz Vocalist), Rufus Reid (Bassist), Tim Hagans (Trumpeter), and Brad Goode (Trumpeter). Eli has had the opportunity to play with such amazing musicians thanks to his Professor, Brian Hogg, and to Northern Kentucky University for always getting great musicians to come and share their knowledge with students in the program.
Eli doesn’t only play with the big cats once in a blue moon, but he also consistently gigs around the Tri-State area. He plays with Mickey James and the Queen City Crew (tenor), Nasty Nati Brass Band (alto), La Formula (bari), LitFunk (tenor), Root Cellar eXtraxt (tenor), Hot Horns (alto), Elementree Livity Project (tenor) and recently recorded and played with Bootsy Collins on his recent upcoming album. The groups all range from Dixieland, to Jazz, Funk, Latin American, R&B, Country, Rock, and Top 40.