began my music training when I was about 7 years old, beginning with Piano
and Organ Lessons. I began playing the trumpet when I was in
the fourth grade and played until my Freshman year in High School.
I was privately taught from a well respected area Band
Leader, Andy Brady, and received superior ratings from the Ohio State Music
Education Board two years straight. Tired of the
bureaucracy of the public school music program, I switched to Guitar in 1982 and
shortly after, my parents bought my first Electric Guitar. I took
guitar lessons from Brian Rhodes, who now is the Production
Director for Q101, WKQX, Chicago, IL. Brian was a major
influence on my musical tastes and talents. He introduced me
to the stylings of talented musicians from Jazz, Classical, to
Heavy Metal Guitar Gods such as local legend David T Chastain. He
showed me that talent and attitude are what make a great
rock musician. I can probably attribute my "snobbish"
attitude about music to Brian, thanks Brian ;-)
1987, I began performing with local Cincinnati Groups and
playing nightclubs around the Tri-State area. I had the
pleasure and honor of playing with some very talented friends
and meeting alot of great folks that supported my musical
efforts. I also began my private training at UC's
Conservatory of Music for jazz guitar with the well-known player,
Phil Willis. Phil showed me a variety of tasty chords and he
tried very diligently to exorcise me of my white-ness. He was
somewhat successful and I can hack my way on the axe with some
things that sounds like jazz riffs and melodies. I also worked
with the Voice Coach legend of Cincinnati, Mary Alexander.
Mary worked very hard with me for almost 8 years so that the
utterances coming from my mouth wouldn't curl paint. I still
don't know my limitations, so I can still easily offend, but on
occasion I can have some nice moments thanks to her efforts.
lessons, practicing and rehearsals were a major part of my life and they were some
of the best times I had growing up. I haven't performed
for years now and don't have much desire to do it again any time
soon. The local club scene holds no charms for me any
longer and the thought of playing a corner bar for three drunks
that want to hear some "Skynert" makes me
nauseous. Nor is there any prestige in playing the latest Creed
song for a bunch of thirty-somethings either. Somewhere down
the line, "Rock" and "Cool" has gotten
confused and the world suffers through the air-pollution of
corporate rock. (i.e. support independent radio!)
still enjoy getting together with my friends and playing some of
our old favorites and every now and then we get creative and
record something somewhat original. Although we usually end-up
playing reggae versions of old Judas Priest songs. Believe
me, IT IS UGLY!, but it's always good for a laugh.
I enjoy a very eclectic array of music as you can tell from my Music
Links page. I appreciate artists and performers
that stay true to themselves without growing stale.
Growth, creativity, originality, and artistic integrity should
be what every artist and performer strive for, as well as that fuckin' attitude, after all isn't that what rock'n'roll is all
you go through the links below, you'll see that I have
experimented with a fair amount of different forms of pop music.
Each group definitely had its own style and identity and each
band was a unique experience and the people were all great.
This is my way to show my appreciation to all of those folks and document some
are links to different groups that I have played with: