Randy was born in Great Falls, Montana. He studied piano starting at age 4 and guitar starting at age 8. At age 10 he began study of the drums. Randy began playing music professionally (mostly rock and some country) with local groups at age 13. At age 20, he began to study mallet percussion, in particular the vibraphone, which has now become the main staple of Randy's professional life as a musician.
In 1985, Randy relocated to Trenton NJ, then to the Philadelphia area in 1989. He was a regular member of Bill Hollis’s quartet and soon began working regularly and recording with the Barry Sames Jazz Ensemble. Randy was a regular member of the late pianist Eddie Green’s group and was featured on Eddie’s last CD, Shades of Green. He has also played and recorded with Walter Bell and the Latin Jazz Unit. Recent work has focused The Birdhouse Project, a trio with Jim Miller and Tyrone Brown, performing the compositions of Charlie Parker. Randy is also featured on Jim Miller's newest album It's Another playing marimba.
Over the last 15 years, Randy has been continued playing as a regular member of the Barry Sames Jazz Ensemble, which does jazz arrangements of Christian music. He is featured as a soloist on both of Barry Sames' recordings, Awaiting the Spirit and Celebration. This association with playing jazz for spiritual purposes and a desire to do a project with his wife, Marianne, who is an experienced yogi, led to his latest musical endeavor.
Jazz used to be the music of the bad side of town, but increasingly, it's a genre for spiritual matters. ...a hushed and contemplative set. ...softly uplifting --Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer 07/01/07
...performance-driven pieces with spiritual inflections. These clearly beautiful beings have the right intentions... the production is clearly well-thought-out... --LA Yoga Magazine 7/07
We are honored by their tribute to Omega,” --Carla Goldstein, Director of External Affairs, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, 7/19/07