These instrumental pieces are the culmination of years and years and years of practice. Actually, having to take some percussion courses actually helped. When I was in high school, we did a lot of jazz ensemble. So all that rhythmic stuff that you learn that’s in your head – kinda plants itself in this instrumental music.
Some of that jazz ensemble training came from studying with Ned Corman at Penfield High School. After high school, Costello let music go for a few years before coming back to it, studying Music Education at Nazareth College. He then stayed with music as a songwriter and playing keyboard in bands, both sacred and secular.
As a keyboard player in a band, Costello has been used to playing energetic music – and filling in whatever part is needed. For this new music, he takes a different approach.