Raised in Rochester, New York. Started playing drums at 15 years old. Studied with Dave Cohen until moving to Los Angeles. Graduated with honors from Musicians Institute, Percussion Institute of Technology (PIT), in Los Angeles, California.
Studied with Steve Houghton (Woody Herman’s band, Paul Anka, Scott Henderson, Doc Severinson, Gary Burton, Joe Henderson), Ralph Humphry (Drummer for Dancing with the Stars, Don Ellis, Seals & Crofts, John Davidson, Abbey Lane, Paul Anka, Frank Zappa, Al Jarreau, Wayne Shorter, and Manhattan Transfer), Joe Porcaro (first call percussionist for film and TV, Father of Jeff Porcaro (Toto)), Dave Beyer (Melissa Etheridge), and Casey Scheuerell (Gino Vanelli, Jon-Luc Ponty). Relocated to New York and continued playing professionally in the Northeast. Gained experience playing different styles such as Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Funk, Fusion, Rock, Blues and R&B
Shared the stage with bands like Molly Hatchet, Leslie West (of Mississippi Queen fame), Good Rats. Played with Matrix, Denny Braun (sax w/Tina Turner’s husband, Ike), Optional Stop, Larry Garlington, True Colors, Heritage, Straight Away, Top Secret, Crystal Palace, Cosco, Gladstone & Cosco; The Hogs, Cool Blue, Nate Rawls, Charley, William Gould Quartet, Special Blend, Jim Ferris Quartet, Person to Person, Oasis, Greg Walker & the Power Glide Blues Band (Duke Jupiter), Lisa George, Me & the Boyz, Threshold, Abstract World Ensemble, Dave Meyer, John Vreeland Quartet, Paradigm Shift, Terrance Bruce (Cabio Frio), Dan Schmitt & the Shadows, Melvin Rogers Big Band, R-Gang, East Coast Connection, Unlimited, Southern Tier All Star Big Band, Standard Jazz Quartet, Mark Cassara Band, Matt Valerio Band , Hard Logic, Shades of Gray, Finger Lakes Big Band, Hot Sweets, Lumiere, The Greece Big Band, The Skunk Punks, Crossroads, Fishbone Soup, Todd East, Chet Catello (Spryo Grya), Miche Fambro, Tom Politzer and Adolfo Acosta (Tower of Power), Kire Najdovski, Brian Coughlin, Sally Ramirez, George DeMott (Las Vegas entertainer). Played drums on 18 CD recordings from Rochester to Nashville….