My musical career began when I was four years old with the receipt of a ukulele from my parents, a great sized instrument for my little fingers. I learned a few songs and began entertaining the neighbors for a quarter (a lot of money back then). In 1963, at the age of 10, I saw my first electric band playing at the local car hop in Darien, CT. I knew then that I had found my musical calling. Then, the Beatles arrived. I spent the next 10 years learning guitar, bass and piano playing in bands and orchestras, and playing coffeehouses and other venues.
I studied music in great depth at Alfred University and graduated with a double-major in music and philosophy. While at Alfred I performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the Eastman Theater and played in a band performing my original music. After graduation I moved to California and began playing rock and jazz throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. After 10 years in the Bay Area I moved back to Connecticut and began playing in a local orchestra and singing with a professional chorale group (culminating at a performance of the Magnificat on Easter Sunday at Carnegie Hall under the direction of the esteemed composer, Sir John Rutter). I left these groups to start composing and performing again.
Having turned away from composition during this period of exploration of classical and modern music I began creating my own works again in 1996. I published my first CD, called Spirit Helper, in 1998. From 2003 through 2009 I taught a songwriting workshop which met monthly in Danbury. Currently, I own a recording studio in Bethel and I have two bands, one called The Evolvers, and a Beatles Tribute band, called Sgt Lefferts’ Phony Hearts Club Band (www.SgtLefferts.com).
Most recently I had several songs debut in January in an off-Broadway called ‘Cougars, the Musical’, co-writing with the author and lead of the show, Ms. Donna Moore.