About

Playing music, teaching music, discovering music, and sharing music all account for what I've been doing most of my life.

By age 5, I was obviously one of those kids gifted with perfect pitch, rare and annoying. My earliest influences have less to do with the formal classical instruction my parents insisted on, but I'm sure it grew out of an appreciation toward music. Still, I think the reason I excelled in music so early was because I wanted to mimic an older brother of mine, in his teens, who could play the piano. He didn't like it when I outplayed him, but he did like it when I would privately show him how to play any song of his choosing, off of a cassette tape or just the radio.

Fast-forward to college, where I took my whole childhood study of music and pushed it aside so that my bachelor's degree would be in a field I was sure would have promise: communication studies. "There'll always be a job in journalism, right?" Sure, I got placed in some fine jobs that utilized my writing skills, but music went from being a hobby to even less. Unhappiness resulted, so I made some career adjustments and now I've reshaped myself into an in-demand keyboard player, choir director, and musical instructor. The little writing I even do these days is completely music-related.

At the time when I was at the crossroads, that's where I went. Leaving my apartment in South Florida behind, I found my own crossroads outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi. But instead of selling my soul to anyone, I came away reenergized. It was part of a weeklong solo road trip in August 2010 through a few choice destinations in Tennessee, Arkansas and, of course, Mississippi.
 My return trip to the South early the following year was almost four months long and sparked other creative interests I didn't know I had. Some surprising gigs along the way helped me forge my own way into the music scene.
Since 2010, I've called myself "East Coast Refugee" because even my steady job as a choir director doesn't tie me down to one particular geographical place for a full work week. Whenever work permits, I travel. Most of my gigs are 40 to 80 miles from home, commutes that often cross state lines and bring new joyful discoveries.

Through this website, I'm happy to share more about these various aspects of my life. I've arranged this site into these main sections:
  • On the Schedule page, you can find out where I'll be performing.
  • On the News page, you'll find an ongoing blog about what I've been up to and what I'm doing next.
  • On the Music page, you can find out about me as a musical instructor and also get a feel for what I sound like playing either by myself or with other musical acts.
  • On the Video page, you can watch some live performances I've done.
  • On the Travel page, you can learn about the various places I've lived and visited.
  • On the Writing page, you can find out about some of the musical topics I've covered throughout my life, as well as some of the non-musical ones.
  • On the Contact page, it should be self-explanatory what you can do there.
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