Born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, I have always had a love for music. There is a great diversity of music in Florida and as a child appreciating all of the character intricacies was important to me. There were an incredible number of trips to the local music store and to concerts each week. I began performing from age 10, with involvement in school and local bands and choirs. As a teen, my first professional performance came in high school where I was backing local vocalists on guitar in restaurants and clubs. My first shows were from playing Eric Clapton songs on the guitar. Later, I was honored to perform with John Lamb and “Buster” Cooper, former members of the Count Basie Orchestra, which ignited a great personal desire for learning and performing music.
I became a music instructor from having my younger sisters’ friends come over to teach them the guitar parts to songs on the radio. I studied music at Florida State University, University of South Florida, and University of Oregon earning a Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree. In my twenties, I have been working primarily as a Bassist and Teacher. Though, I also perform as a Guitarist, Music Director, Conductor, and Live Sound Engineer I have had the honor to perform with many wonderful musicians including the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra, Ron Hurst of Steppenwolf, John Gross (formerly of the Shelly Manne orchestra), George Mitchell (Diana Ross band), and Dan Wilensky (formerly of Ray Charles band) as a bassist/guitarist. As a teacher I am happy to offer courses with Pacific University, The City of Hillsboro (OR), Century High School, Matatena Montesori School, MIR Music, and through private lessons. Today, I can be found playing, teaching, and studying in the Portland, OR area.