I was told before I could walk, I could play drums. As far back as I can remember, drumming was the one thing I wanted to do more than anything else. For Christmas, when I was six, my parents bought me my first drum set, a "toy" Noble and Cooley. As soon as I could, I took formal lessons, percussion through the School Band Program, and drum set thru the local music center.
When I was in 6th grade, one of my teachers was retiring from playing drums in a jazz combo, and he recommended me as his replacement. Since then, I've been playing in Combos professionally.
While in school I played in all the bands I could: Concert Band, Marching band, Pep band, Jazz Band, etc. I entered many percussion events in the district Solo and Ensemble Contests, and in high school, played in the District Honors Band, All-State Band, and All-Ohio State Fair Band.
One of the highlights from high school I remember most was winning an outstanding jazz soloist award at a Jazz Festival held in Toledo. There were sixteen bands that performed, and the award was for rhythm which included all the musicians playing piano, bass, and drums.
Another great experience was playing in the local rock band. We were all in high school, and played some awesome shows. Everyone in that group continues playing today. I left the band when I went to college to study music.
I studied Music at Bowling Green State University with Wendell Jones, a master on the vibes. I also played in all the bands I could there including : BGSU Marching Band, Concert Bands, and Jazz Band. My emphasis was in percussion performance.
Since college, there was a period of time where music took a back seat to raising a family and earning a living. I only played a few infrequent gigs. However, I got back into it, full speed ahead, when my children got older.
Currently, I'm an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Terra State Community College.
I'm also the Assistant Band Director and Percussion Instructor for the Woodmore Bands in Woodville and Elmore, OH. I teach fifth grade through high school.
I also give private percussion lessons and teach about 22 students weekly. Students range from 6 years to post college.
I play in pit Orchestras for many community theater productions and high school musicals.
Right now I'm in two bands. One, called Sarabande, plays music from all eras. It is a six peice band that plays waltzes, polkas, oldies, etc. A band fit for all occasions.
I also play in a Pop/Rock Music group called MT3. I have loads of fun with both bands. I'm fortunate that all band members are seasoned musicians!
My future plans are to keep teaching and playing!! I am active in the list of Societies and Memberships below:
Professional Drum Teacher's Guild
Percussive Arts Society
United States Association of Rudimental Drummers
National Association for Music Education
Ohio Music Education Association
National Association of Rudimental Drummers
Sabian Education Network
D'Addario Education Collective