I was born in New York City and raised in Huntington Station on the north coast of Long Island. I started my musical life as a trombonist in the award-winning jazz band of Walt Whitman high school led by the pioneer of jazz educator Clem DeRosa. Highlights include the broadcast on Voice of America, acting at Leonard Bernstein’s home in Fairfield Connecticut, appearances on national television and performing with guest soloists such as Phil Woods, Urbie Green and Marion McPartland.
After graduating from Lehigh University, I studied trombone at Navy School of Music with trombone virtuoso Tom Ervin; and after leaving the Navy I studied with Ned Meredith of the San Francisco Symphony. A growing interest in composition led me to study counterpoint privately with Will Johnson (Princeton, Cal Berkeley); and after settling in the Los Angeles area, musical composition with Morten Lauridsen, Robert Linn, James Hopkins and Anthony Vazzana at USC, and film recordings with Don Ray at UCLA.
Shortly after this composition course I wrote a song that was performed by a singer / guitarist who had worked a lot in Las Vegas. Hearing him sing opened up a new area I hadn’t thought of: songwriting. Since then I have been writing both songs and instrumental and weekend evenings while working in the field of computer and computer games.
The very positive response to my songs, as well as to my instrumental music, has been gratifying and encouraging. So, I keep writing.