I was born in Detroit, MI in 1955. I attended Detroit Public Schools and received my first intensive musical training at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. I am a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit where I studied guitar with Charles Postlewate and Joe Fava and received advanced training in music theory as a graduate student under Dr. Richard Parks.

I am an active performer in the greater Detroit area and have played almost any style and venue you can imagine. I was a rock/blues guitarist early on and later migrated to classical and jazz. I have always believed that versatility is critical to making a living in music and I stress that to my students.

My compositions and arrangements have been published by Mel Bay Publications, Editions Orphee and Willis Music Co. 

I have been a university instructor for over twenty years, and am currently on the faculty of Oakland University in Rochester, MI., the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, MI. and Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. 

I specialize in the study and performance of classical and jazz music. The etudes in "Influences" were composed with these two styles in mind; combining the harmonic characteristics of jazz with the classical concepts of voice-leading and counterpoint. They are meant to serve as transitional material between the studies of Carcassi/Sor and the etudes of Villa-Lobos.


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