Forced against his will at age 5 or 6 (a debate between Ian and his Mom...which she usually wins), Ian began taking piano lessons at the Grace United Methodist Church from his teacher, Cindy. Between those early years until middle school, Ian wanted to play guitar rather than piano. It wasn’t until middle school choir with Dave Barron, the choral teacher, that Ian started to put his energy toward the piano. Ian took a liking to a particular piece entitled “Ride on the Wind.” After he dug a crumpled piece of sheet music out of the trash, thrown there from a fellow classmate, Ian decided that he wanted to learn the music and ultimately accompany the choir. Once he learned the piece, Ian approached Mr. Barron and asked if he could play for a rehearsal. With his leg twitching and stomach churning, Ian accompanied for the first time. Following the rehearsal, the director asked Ian to learn another piece, “Friends”, for the upcoming choir concert. In the spring of 2008, Ian performed his first concert as an accompanist. The following school year, his accompanist duties grew and once Ian got into high school he had the opportunity to accompany three school choirs. For Ian’s junior year, he was the main accompanist for both the chamber and concert choirs, in addition to working with the middle school and grade school programs. As his high school career came to a close, Ian was involved in three musical productions in the pit orchestra on guitar, auxiliary percussion, and piano, accompanied school choirs, was part of the jazz band, and played piano and organ for churches and special events around Grove City, Pennsylvania.