Raised in the Sunshine State, I began
playing drums at the age of 9. While excelling in
music programs from elementary school through college
(marching, stage/concert, and jazz band), I also
studied privately to become more proficient behind a
kit. I focused on learning to apply rudiments and
technique, creatively around the kit.
After far too many years of overplaying despite being told that “less is more”, something changed in the way I perceived genres of music that I had previously ignored. I gained a whole new appreciation for session drummers that I had never heard of, and I began to understand the following: 1) I was not as good as I THOUGHT that I was, 2) There is a time and a place for everything, and usually it is not here and not now, and 3) The most important thing that I could do as a drummer was to treat all of the things that I had learned over the years as if they were "tools" to WRITE music rather than "ingredients" to fill it up. Focusing on timing and groove to transform my approach and solidify my foundation, I began playing for the MUSIC rather than playing for myself.
- Creativity... in the Pocket!
Since I began playing live as a teenager, I
have been consistently playing with original rock
bands and Praise and Worship teams,
simultaneously, throughout central Florida. I am
currently playing/writing/recording with the
Florida-based original funk-rock band Almondy
Brown, as well as playing every Sunday as a
permanent member of the Redeemer
Church of Lakeland PCA praise team. (Make a
joyful noise!) On top of that, I have recently began
teaching private lessons, again, after about a 15 year
break, and I couldn't be more happy with these 3 areas
of my life, musically. I proudly play and I am an
official endorsed artist of Saluda Cymbals. I also
proudly play and (unofficially) endorse Ddrum drums. I
could not possibly begin to put together a better
combination of products, passion and people for
myself, for my church, or for my students!