I have been playing percussion since I was 3 years old, beating on pots and rubber bowls in the kitchen. I began studying privately at 10, bought my first drum set when I was 12, and went on to earn a minor in Percussion Performance from Central Michigan University. I have extensive experience playing across all styles from orchestral to jazz to rock. I have performed with various jazz groups for almost 2 decades, played as a section percussionist in several orchestras, worked as a session drummer, and have been in the pit for dozens of musicals.
I love incorporating technology into my setups (when appropriate). Prior to my move to New York, I worked in the University of North Carolina system at Western Carolina University where I ran the recording studio and taught classes in audio production, recording arts, and music technology. As a member of the Music Department, I developed and instituted a new curriculum for the “Commercial and Electronic Music” program that focused on Commercial Percussion Techniques; students studied to be a successful modern percussionist by combining drum set techniques and electronics with the goal of becoming a versatile performer.