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I have been around music my whole life. I started private drum lessons at age 8, and joined the Percussion-Naut Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps at age 15. I went to University High School under the direction of Gary Green. We won the Marching Bands of America Best Drumline Division in 1980 and many EWMEA Concert and Jazz Band awards.

My parents owned a live music venue called the Happy Hour. There was always music playing in our house, which was often a rehearsal space for my dad's rock or country bands. In the '70s he also became interested in electronic music and played Moog, Oberheim and Arp synthesizers. My first working band with Brian McCarthy played progressive rock originals and a lot of Rush and Van Halen covers.We would play high school dances and enjoy watching people dance in 11/8 time. Our booking agent was Billy Tipton!

Later I joined a '50s and '60s rock band called The Cruisers. I was studying jazz and classical music in school and Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts for the gig. After years of playing rock music in the Northwest club scene I left college to tour with the Carr Twins from Santiago, Chile. There I became more interested in music from Brazil,Cuba and Africa. In 1986 I returned to EWU to finish my Music Ed. degree and took a house gig with the amazing pianist Arnie Carruthers.

About the time I finished college I received a call to move to San Francisco and tour with Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band. Merl, Michael Warren and Michael Hintonalong with a great road crew and soundman Edwin DeShazowere on the road for about 200 days a year from 1991-1998.

While living in the S.F. bay area I have been fortunate to continue playing many styles of music including many forms of Rock, Jazz, R & B, Country and World music. I currently play drums for Super Diamond along with doing recording sessions and teaching private drum instruction.