My eclectic performance style is due, in part, to being steeped in so many musical styles from an early age. Music has always played a big part in my family. My dad gave me a 4-string tenor guitar to play at the age of five and I've been hooked ever since. I thank the Lord for my musical upbringing and for the many wonderful musical opportunities He's given me over the years...and it just keeps getting more enjoyable each year.
In high school, I joined the Wayne McGuffin big band and studied guitar with local guitar icon, John LaChapelle. John and Wayne were big influences for me, in the area of Jazz. In college, I kept busy performing in several Jazz and Fusion groups and teaching private lessons. A highlight of my college career was studying classical guitar with James Reid, from the University of Idaho. It was my years with James and my love of Jazz that really influenced my interest in fingerstyle guitar. Classical guitar study is great for sharpening technique across so many other styles.
I graduated from Washington State University with degrees in music and education and taught instrumental music at Richland High School for 10 years before taking a job with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Interestingly, making the career change to a non-music job has opened up so many new opportunities for me in music and has given me more time to pursue musical interests (composing, recording, performing, and teaching).
I currently perform around the Tri-Cities and surrounding area as a soloist and as a member of various performing groups, including the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra and Les Stress & The Testers. I also have the privilege of playing on my church worship team. On occasion, when we get the gigs, I perform with the Calypsonian Bandits (an afro-cuban/calypso quartet) and assorted Jazz combos. For a complete list of upcoming performances, be sure to check out my Schedule.