Biography

The Early Years

My Musical journey began in 1970.  I was in the 5th grade Orchestra learning to play the Baritone Horn.  In 1974 I got a "Second  Hand Guitar" and learned how to play by ear, listening to old records and the radio.  In 1978 I bought my first really nice Acoustic / Electric Ovation Guitar.  Playing with friends and at parties every chance I got.  In early 1979 I found myself in a band with 4 Guitarist and a drummer.  I was elected to become "The Bass Player", bought myself a Fender "P" Bass, and never looked back.  Best decision ever!   From that time on I considered myself a professional musician as I started to make a few bucks here and there. 

1980

1980

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1980's Early 1990's

For the next 15 years I lived the dream (while holding down different jobs along the way).  I co-founded the Seattle Band LAESIX (1981-1993), studied music theory, ear training & Piano at Edmonds Community College (1984-1987),  Started a sound / lighting, live & studio  recording, & DJ company (D C Sound 1984-1992) working with countless Seattle bands.  As a result of all this I worked and played all over the northwest, Recorded 1 studio album with LAESIX, Released a 90 minute solo project,  Topping it all off with the opportunity to open up for such National Acts as; The Iron Butterfly, The Georgia Satellites, & The Outlaws. 

Early to late 90's


In 1992 I took a turn from doing all original material and classic rock to Blues & Swing Jazz.  For the next 5 years I played with several groups honing those skills. 3 years prior to that I had started a custom cabinet business (Creekside Custom Woodworks Inc. 1989-2013) that became more & more demanding of my time, so..... in 1997 I hung up professional playing, keeping it as a hobby.

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1989 - 2013

In 1989 I began an adventure with the other side of my creative abilities.  

I started what would eventually become a profitable & rewarding custom cabinet company.  Over the years I was involved in winning many local & national awards for design & construction.  Articles about my cabinet work have been published in Better Homes & Gardens, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Master Builder's Assoc., & The Seattle Times.

Fishing / Traveling

The other passion of mine has been fishing.  Though Iv'e fished most of my life, in 1988 I took up Fly Fishing, and a year later took up Fly Tying. Little did I know how this would change my life.  I invented a product called "The Bug Box", a wooden traveling tool chest for the Fly Fisherman. It ended up selling all over the World. Articles about it were written in every major Sportsmen's publication.  I became a Professional Fly Fisherman, getting paid to travel the country doing Tying & Casting demonstrations. Not to mention Fishing all over the U.S. from Alaska to Florida, even the Caribbean.  What a ride!

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Back to the Music

2013 has brought many "life changes" my way, bringing my musical life full circle. Now I find myself once again being a professional musician, getting back to what first got me playing in the first place, FUN!  Today, whether it's doing Solo performances or with a full ensemble, or just having a "Jam" with friends, I'm having the time of my life, entertaining audiences everywhere large & small, meeting new and old friends everywhere I perform.  

Just one of the many cool things that's happened on this new journey was getting to do a tour to Nashville Tennessee doing 9 shows in 8 days, Being asked to return everywhere I performed. 

Just a part of this dream coming true, the rest is having the opportunity to play with many of the best musicians the Pacific Northwest has to offer.