As this is my first attempt at a blog post of any kind, I will start with an introduction. I was born in Anaheim, California (home to a little theme park known as Disneyland) way back in 1971. Two years later after the arrival of my younger sister, my family packed up and headed to Eugene, Oregon where I attended Willakenzie Elementary, Monroe Middle, and Sheldon High school.
I discovered my love of music in the 6th grade when I took up the snare drum in the school band despite my mother’s suggestion of the oboe. I would bring home a school rented snare drum and ride cymbal so I could play along with any songs featured in the Miami Vice television show soundtrack. My percussion career came to a halt when I discovered Heavy Metal and more specifically, Steve Harris, bass player of Iron Maiden. I shed my members only jacket for a leather one, grew my hair out, and joined my first metal band as a bass guitarist when I was 15. I believe this was the transitional period that shaped the next 20 years of my life.
Shortly after graduating from high school and exhausting the local music venues, I made a move with my then current drummer to San Francisco, California in 1991 where I lived, worked, and played for the next 15 years. During this time I toured with bands across the nation and have played shows in 46 of our 50 United States. These were some of the fondest (and foggiest) memories of my musical endeavors.
I am currently enrolled in the Computer Science program and experimenting with the Media Arts program at Lane Community College. I hope to gain the necessary skills to begin a career in audio and video production where I could showcase my life-long passion of music.