It all started when I was 8 years old..I started out on trumpet. Played trumpet from 4th grade to 10th Grade. I switched to french horn from 10th grade to 12th grade. In between playing the trumpet I was fascinated by the drums..so I started playing drums in the high school pep band at basketball games. I was in marching band from 1986 to 1990. Chesterton High School Trojan Guard. I was in concert band, Jazz band, wind ensemble and tried show choir for a minute...lol. While growing up my best friend Paul Jones and I would go to a local music store and rent and keyboard and some sequencing equipment and record silly songs...I would sing and he would program everything. Never in a million years did I think I was gonna sing in a band..because at the time I was into drums. So I took off out of high school for the Air Force,,,and when I got out of basic training I got a drumset...and found a local guitarist named Daniel Waltman. We started to jam and he got out and then called me to be his singer! We were located in sacramento california. Then we entered a battle of the bands and got some free recording time out of it...I was then hooked on singing in a band. I idolized Sebastian Bach as a vocalist. About 1993 I started to be curious about the guitar and wanted to start writing the music too...I had a great late friend named Bill Dowell teach me a simple way to play guitar - DROP D tuning....so I ran with it just to get my ideas out and I started getting addicted to songwriting...I love doing it creating something out of thin air and calling it your own...AMAZING feeling. I became a musician because God wanted it that way I guess? My father was a musician some of my family on my fathers side are musicians as well.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I would have to say 1985 at The Holiday Star Plaza in Merrillville Indiana I seen POISON with my mother! and my sister. It was the 80's big hair hot women and the arena style concert that ya dont see these days..Poison had it all pyro, firepoles and slides just a grandiose set up IT WAS AWESOME!!
What gear do you use?
I have a Fender Telecaster, A schecter Diamond Series, A Gibson Epiphone Acoustic and a Randall 200 watt Amp with a 412 cabinet. My fave is my Fender Tele
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Rush was my biggest influence growing up...are you kidding me 3 guys do this? A lot of the drummers in high school were into Rush so I checked em out and for any musician ....Rush is it.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
yeah I have been in a lot of bands all mainly rock bands. I played in The Electric Horizon-Sacramento Ca., Anthem-Valparaiso In., Danse Macabre- South Bend In.,Rain Will Fall-Chesterton In., Dead On Sunday - South Bend In., Digpin -Kouts In., Signal - South Bend In. and now I am in the band Arson Radio from michiana and we book all over the midwest.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I am pretty happy writing, recording and performing with the guys I have. But If I could just jam with some musicians...I would probably wanna jam with the guys from Live. I love their style and they just look like they would be fun to rock out with.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I played at Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield Illinois in front of 10,000 people opening for Staind and Three Days Grace on the 2006 Jagermeister music tour with my band Signal. My most memorable performance is not this one though... my most memorable performance was when I played acoustically for my son when he was one at a local coffee house in south bend indiana. I believe it was called Higher Grounds. I sat him on a stool and played the song I wrote for him and his mother. I will never forget that.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
I would say Rush- Hold Your Fire, That album reminds me of my youth and that album is so inspriring and positive. I first heard it the year it came out and funny that album got me into Rush. The album shifts through different emotions and it is just a brilliant album.