I was drawn to music because of my father, a guitarist and singer, and my mother, a flute player. I took some piano lessons in middle school and high school, and started learning double bass in 10th grade. I moved to electric by 11th grade, and started performing professionally in local variety, rock, and country bands.
In addition to being a trombone player in high school, I sang in choir and performed in musicals with the extra-curricular theater group. In college I studied bluegrass and jazz.
Prior to settling in Johnson City, I played for a number of years in Nashville, supporting blues and rock artists and alt-folk singer/songwriters. These days I spend most of my free time in orchestra pits in and around East Tennessee.