My first real musical activity was learning to play the guitar around age eight. If I recall correctly, my mom traded a neighbor a wall mirror for an old acoustic. Through most of my teen years, I played guitar and sang in a rock band called Future Earth.
At Bedford High School, music occupied an even larger part of my days – playing bassoon in Symphonic Band, guitar & bass in the Jazz Band, sousaphone in the Marching Band, and playing bass in Bedford High’s show choir. Chosen by my peers to be President of Bands, I also received such honors as The Director’s Award, The John Philip Sousa Award and was fortunate to be named Co-Valedictorian. In my senior year of high school I began playing with The Ovations, a Toledo area variety band. Duties included playing bass and guitar, lead and background vocals, and running their sound system. While in college, I continued to play with The Ovations, as well as record and mix live sound for friends’ bands.
In the early 80s, I began working at a small, 16-track studio as a recording engineer. Projects there included recording commercial jingles, demo tapes, and even finished 45s and LPs. With time, I was producing, arranging, and performing on many of the sessions as well.
In the mid 80s, my career path veered away from music, but I continued to play on weekends with The Ovations. Little did I know at the time, my days in that band would last until 2002!
After the fat lady sang with The Ovations, I played a few ‘open stage’ gigs, and became the regular bassist at the Gay Galvin Jazz Jam at The Vineyard.
It was at that gig that I met two other musicians who were looking for a bass player and wanting to start a band. This trio became the core of the group known as VIBE, from 2003 until late 2007.
Along the way, I’ve played for dozens of local musicals, a church praise band, and was fortunate to be able to do some recording with my son at the legendary RCA Studio B in Nashville, for one of his class projects at Belmont University.
In 2016, I bought my first upright bass and began fulfilling the longtime dream of learning to play such a challenging instrument. As a result, I was able to play 9 shows on upright that year.
These days, I’m laying down the low end for various musical theater productions in the region.