My career started in a Wisconsin grade school with a wonderful musical mentor, Sister Romilda Simon. She watched over me as a mentor and pushed me musically as a classical pianist. Eugene Johnson taught me woodwinds and shaped my tonal concept for the horns. Dan Petersen helped shape our showmanship. I was a featured performer in Kids from Wisconsin and went on to become an instrumentalist in the Marine Corps Field Bands, playing clarinet, sax, and keyboards. Following my military career, I worked at developing my own style and kept playing in clubs across the United States. My current emphasis is performing original material.