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Raised an army brat, I began playing guitar at the age of 12. My Dad bought me my first guitar (a Fender acoustic) for Christmas in 1986. The first day I got that guitar I practiced until I was able to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (mind you it was only the 2 string version). I even had to put band aids on my fingers! Not long after that I got my first electric rig, a “Mako” guitar and a tiny “Gorilla” amp. Then I was rocking with Dokken and trying to play the main riff from “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest. At the age of 13 or 14 I worked in the cornfields of Dousman, Wisconsin one summer in an effort to raise the money needed for my first real electric, an Ibanez RG 550. I wound up being a little short in the funds, but my supporting Dad stepped in and covered the difference. Music has been in the family as long as I can remember, with my Dad, uncles and grandfather all contributing to the organized noise in some form or fashion.
I was raised on rock n’ roll, but have an appreciation for jazz, blues and country, although some of that appreciation did not arrive until I had some experience and maturity under my belt. I’ve been playing in bands since the age of 15, but have always wanted to follow my heroes and play my own instrumental music. I have found myself at a place that allows me to pursue that passion and am doing just that. I also currently teach guitar and gig with various bands in the Indianapolis area.