Bio

About Me

For the last few years, I've made my living playing music in a duo with my wife we call "The Ginger UPs." We write, record, arrange, and master all of our music ourselves.

I have played in dozens of different bands and performed countless shows over the years. I grew up in Chicago, IL where I was exposed to tons of different flavors of music at an early age and I had the opportunity to play in musical groups ranging from jazz & latin styles to rock & country. I received a BA degree in music performance from a local college (Elmhurst IL). I spent thousands of hours practicing guitar in the basement of that Chicago home when I wasn't attending classes, teaching a lesson, or performing at a local or regional venue. Later, I was the first guitar player to be accepted into the Masters of Music Education program at Arizona State University in 2000 studying jazz guitar under Chris Champion and jazz composition with Chuck Marohnic.

I am continuously grateful for being able to do what I love to do. Over the years, I have taught hundreds of students not only to play the guitar, but write songs and bring out their creative side as well. No doubt that teaching guitar has been extremely rewarding to me, but I am a songwriter at heart. I have written hundreds of songs over the years, and it seems the process still continues to amaze me. In 2008, I received a great honor when my song, "Bluegrass Band", made it all the way to #19 on the National Folk Radio DJ list! Also, My song, "The House That Grandpa Built" was honorable mention in Washington's own Tumbleweed Songwriting Contest in 2009. Since then, I have ceased submitting my music for competitions altogether.

On the side, I am a PHP/MySQL web developer for fun...I have designed and built a few dozen music related websites over the years with thousands and thousands of lines of code. I also do the design work for our Ginger UPs posters.

Since living in the northwest, I have particularly enjoyed performing guitar with the SOS (Sounds of Swing) Big Band of Bellevue, WA, and with other smaller jazz/rock groups in and around the Puget Sound area. I currently play in an original band called Niagara Moon. Also, I write, arrange, and produce original scores for TV, film, video games, and other uses via Pond5.