Hey, here’s a quick music bio for you to put in your back pocket:
I’ve always considered myself as growing up in Dallas, TX since most of my childhood and teenage life was spent there. I was actually born in Michigan.
I’ve always loved listening to the late 60’s, early 70’s pop and rock music. Playing music was always important to me. I played Alto and Baritone Sax for five years in the school bands. I really enjoyed the Alto Sax, but I actually ‘got stuck’ with the Baritone Sax. Nobody wanted it (too big to lug around, especially at the bus stop — my school bus let me off about three blocks from my home every day). People would look out their windows and see this little man carrying a ‘side of beef’ to his house! It really was a beautiful sounding instrument though!
I started playing guitar when I was about nine. My first job at this age was selling flower and plant seeds door to door for a seed company. I was able to redeem a guitar from their catalogue with my earnings! The guitar was mostly plywood and cardboard and cost sixteen dollars. I remember playing for my neighbors when my parents would have them over some evenings. I was horrible — didn’t know one chord (I made them up as I went). I think the whining cats behind our house had better tone than me or my guitar. In high school, I played guitar in the Folk Club. By then, I had a much nicer guitar and actually learned some real chords! I traded my alto sax and a little money for it and I strummed and sang tunes by 70’s and 60’s songwriters.
I moved to Indiana and attended college at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, studying communications, business and music. I became a member of the University chorus as a tenor in the New York Street Singers. I also played guitar and sang in the University’s Indy Sound Band on campus, playing various venues around the city.
For the past 14 years, I have been a member and band leader of the Spirit Alive worship band at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. It is truly a blessing to have been able to participate in this group for as long as I have.
Take care and God Bless!