I was born in Detroit, MI in 1955. I attended Detroit Public Schools and received my first intensive musical training at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. I am a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit where I studied guitar with Charles Postlewate and Joe Fava and received advanced training in music theory as a graduate student under Dr. Richard Parks.

I am an active performer in the greater Detroit area and have played almost any style and venue you can imagine. I was a rock/blues guitarist early on and later migrated to classical and jazz. I have always believed that versatility is critical to making a living in music and I stress that to my students.

My compositions and arrangements have been published by Mel Bay Publications, Editions Orphee and Willis Music Co. 

I am the proud recipient of the 2019 Gibbons Prize for best new composition for classical guitar.

I have been a university instructor for over thirty years and have recently retired from the faculty of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. I am still currently teaching at the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, MI. and Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. 

I specialize in the study and performance of classical and jazz music. The etudes in Influences were composed with these two styles in mind; combining the harmonic characteristics of jazz with the classical concepts of voice-leading and counterpoint. They are meant to serve as transitional material between the studies of Carcassi/Sor and the etudes of Villa-Lobos.


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