I began playing guitar professionally as a teenager, working in wedding bands and bar bands in central PA. In the mid 1970s I moved to New England and over the next 20 years performed throughout NH, VT, ME and MA in bar bands, as a solo blues & ragtime guitarist, and as accompanist to various folk musicians. I also lived in Hawaii for a time, where I was a member of the Ebb Tides, a popular variety band based in Waikiki. Subsequently I moved back to PA, to the Lehigh Valley, where I’ve worked as a free-lance jazz and rock guitarist playing in theater orchestras, doing session work, and private and club gigs as a solo performer or in small ensembles, including performances at the Berks Jazz Festival, the Philadelphia Country Music Festival, the Anglesea Blues Festival, the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival, the Sellersville Theater, World Cafe Live, and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
My formal education includes studying music theory and composition with Dr. Richard Bellak and classical guitar with John Marsh Bigelow at Franconia College. I later majored in composition at the Berklee College of Music, and also took classes in Baroque performance practice at the Longy School of Music. I’ve been active as an independent music teacher for over 25 years, offering lessons on guitar, electric bass and other stringed instruments, and instruction in music theory and composition.