I began performing professionally at age eight with my parents and brothers in our hometown of Baldwinsville, NY. The Ashby Family was one of Central New York's most in-demand Society Bands during the 1970's and provided a strong musical base for all of the Ashby boys. I was accepted to the Ithaca College music program on scholarship at age 16 and thus graduated High School in three years to pursue a career in music.
During my undergraduate years I began producing Jazz Festivals in order to escape the smoky jazz club scene and, more importantly, present the music in a dignified way. This proved to be a wonderful vehicle to premiere new music and perform with a variety of my idols for the first time. Up until this time, I had concentrated on learning the Jazz repertoire and gaining as much gig experience as possible. I was now beginning to write more music, create new ensembles and tour with my own bands.