I went to Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas - a 'burb on Houston's north side. Texas is a mecca for football games and marching bands. Since marching with a bassoon was both pointless and dangerous, I flittered around the drumline and even became drum major my senior year. I also dabbled with composing music.

I received a bachelor of music degree in performance at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore studying with Phil Kolker. Going to college at a music conservatory opened my eyes as a young student of music. I realized how much I needed to practice to stay on top of the game and succeed.

I moved to Wichita, Kansas to play with the Wichita Symphony and get a pro bono master of music degree in performance from Wichita State University. I studied bassoon with Steve Vacchi and also received a master's degree in composition studying with Walter Mays. Grad school included a great blend of academia and professionalism. I felt like I had a foot in both - taking classes during the day and performing in tails at night.

Off to Chicago to play with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Here, I got a taste of the big leagues... played with conductors such as Boulez, Zuckerman, Eschenbach, Rostropovich; studied with David McGill; went to Carnegie Hall with Barenboim playing an epic 3-hour program; and played at Orchestra Hall in downtown Chicago at least once a month. This also got me into the Chicago freelancing scene.

I recently moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan and now perform with the Jackson and Adrian Symphony Orchestras. I'm a faculty member at Concordia University and also teach private lessons from home and classes in Chelsea, Saline, Tecumseh, and Plymouth-Canton. During the day, I'm a full-time Dad to a beautiful yet goofy 12-year-old girl and an adorable yet stubborn 9-year-old. My truly amazing wife Susan is the Executive Director of the Leslie Science and Nature Center on Ann Arbor's northeast side.