I started as a drummer, raised on rock n' roll, but trained in jazz and orchestra.
Drumming and music are what I have always done. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, I took private lessons in rudiments and jazz from local legend Jimmy Glenn Sr, participated in a couple of years of school band under the direction of bassist Al Dodds, and at home wore out cassettes learning how to play the prog rock catalog. I was in a band before I owned a drum set, and played with and auditioned for anybody who had the time. At University of North Florida, I studied drum set with Rick Kirkland (Ray Charles) and Charlotte Mabrey (Principal Percussionist, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra). Eventually I managed a BA in Music and Liberal Arts from FSU. I played with many original projects through all this; writing, rehearsing and playing shows. I played rock and metal with some of the craftiest and, beyond a doubt, loudest individuals in Duval County. Shaft was the most successful in terms of attracting national attention, but one member jumped ship to an established act, bringing about the demise of the group. These same events then transpired in yet another band I had joined with connections and national aspirations, and this lead me away from traditional bands, and to exploring electronic music, writing melodies and basslines, and how to incorporate it all live. Two Way Radio was the inspired result, and this duo with Tony Prat worked with small indie label owner Frank Phobia in Reading PA . One self-produced record was circulated, gained light but significant recognition, and cut my teeth on songwriting. After the dissolution of the band, I pursued studio production more fervently, and built a home studio where the drumming and recording never ceased.
Performing live and a jazz philosophy have always inspired me, so I figured I would make that my central job, as opposed to sitting behind the studio desk nightly. I began to play with the southern rock band Yankee Slickers and the band kept me busy for several years, earning a regular income by effectively mixing covers and originals. Eventually I settled in to a role as Jacksonville drummer-for-hire, covering every genre that is played in clubs - hip-hop, bluegrass, soul, RnB, metal, country, funk, pop, and... classic rock, of course. My calendar was solid for several years, averaging around 200 gigs a year playing in various cover bands. Now living in the Denver metro area since 2017, I have stepped back from the cover band lifestyle, and am working on some plans for a new project .
I teach drums and since 1997 that has been a significant part of my profession. I have had hundreds of students, both young and old, from beginners to college scholarship applicants to seasoned players. Passing on my knowledge and relaying my experiences as an instructor has been an essential cornerstone of my professional music career.
Playing guitar and singing has become a central part of my activities. I have spent the last several years working on a songlist of covers to gig with, as well as experimenting with my own music. This has allowed me some freedom to perform and write music I can relate to, including my rock roots and eclectic forms of pop music.