I grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania. When I saw MTV for the first time I decided I wanted to play guitar. At the age of 16, my mom finally got me a cheap electric guitar and I began taking lessons at a local music shop. Some friends and I formed a band and within months we were playing house parties.
After graduating high school, I enrolled at Penn State University. While there, I continued to hone my musical skills. I took lessons from accomplished jazz guitarist Michael Dennis. I was also playing in several bands, gigging all around State College. Four years later I graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. The problem was, I didn’t love science, I loved music.
In 1993, I went to Hollywood, CA to attend Musicians’ Institute (GIT). Great players come from all over the world to attend this prestigious music conservatory. While there, I opened up my musical mind, playing many new styles of music. I had always been a rocker, but now I was playing blues, funk, jazz, country, big band, and classical. After a very challenging and intense year, I graduated with honors.
Returning from California, I settled in Pittsburgh, PA, teaching and gigging for the next eight years.
In 2002, I moved to Jacksonville to join a band called the WELL. We enjoyed success for a few years, then broke up.
Since then, I have been teaching guitar full time. I also write and record my own music, occasionally performing at open mics and other guest spots. All told, I have been playing guitar for 36 years and teaching guitar for 26 years.