a bit about myself

I began my musical sojourn on 3 coffee cans with ballpoint pens as sticks at age 8...my father [himself a musician] found me one day in our living room [with light-colored carpet and couch] banging away at my “drums”...ink was EVERYwhere, and my dad quickly figured that I would soon ruin the house if a set of real drums was not found.

A real set [circa 1960s Ludwig] was purchased from his boss and I began drum lessons on my ninth birthday. Not long after that, Dad & I found a restaurant close to our house in Kettering, OH that had live jazz 4 nites a week. That did it...I knew right then what the rest of my life would in pursuit of.

After much involvement in “sitting in”, starting at age 9, youth orchestra, jazz band at school [plus one outside of school], I began my undergraduate at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1979, completing a Bachelor of Jazz and Commercial Music degree in 1983, and staying on to complete a Masters of Music in Percussion in 1986.

I then moved to New York City, where I worked with such jazz artists as Gerry Mulligan, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jim McNeely, “Big Nick” Nicholas, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Richmond, vocalist Marlene VerPlank and numerous others.

In 1992, I moved to Denver, CO and settled into the jazz scene, working in the house band at Denver's famed El Chapultepec and appearing and recording with such jazz artists as Jon Hendricks, Mose Allison, Freddie Cole, Bob Dorough, Eddie Daniels, David “Fathead” Newman, Richie Cole, Lew Tabackin, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, Eddie Harris, Nick Brignola, Rickey Woodard, Teddy Edwards, Red Holloway, Bobby Shew, Carl Saunders, Javon Jackson, and a host of others.

I am currently the Percussion Area Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver teaching drumset and a number of classes in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program. I am a Vic Firth and Aquarian Artist/Educator and am in demand as a clinician/performer in the U.S. and Europe.

For an “official” resume, click here .