Grew up in Montana
Played the trumpet at age 7
Tutored by his father a self-taught trumpet player. He played Haydn and Hummel
At age 16, he won a concerto competition and was awarded first chair in the World Youth Symphony of Interlochen Michigan.
He earned a B. A., M. M, and a performers certificate from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York
First and only wind player to ever receive the Artists Diploma.
He was first trumpet in the Eastman jazz ensemble and was chosen "best trumpet soloist" at the Notre Dame Colligate jazz festival.
By His sophomore year, he was a regular in the Rochester Symphony and the only student member in the faculty brass ensemble.
He is now an artist in residence at Eastman.
Performed with Chick Corea, Doc Severensen, Chuck Mangione, Barbara Streisand, frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Prince, Woddy Herman, and the NBC Tonight Show Band.
While living in Los Angeles, he performed on over 100 Motion picture sound tracks including: Back to the Future, Rocky II, Star Trek, fire fox, Poltergeist II, Broadcast News, The Electric Horseman, The Black Stallion,