Growing up with a musical family is life changing. Starting Piano lessons at a young age with Grandma flipped my world over and launched me on my path to music today. Saturdays in the house meant that anything from Rush and Pink Floyd to Beethoven and Handel would be blasted on the stereo. In my youth I quickly attached myself to any musical opportunity in school. Starting with chorus in 4th grade, and joining band as a percussionist in 5th grade. In high school I
discovered a new foray in music; Marching Band. These experiences opened me up to traveling as a performing member The Boston Crusaders. I was also in Band, Choir, and Drama throughout all for years of high school, and was an ILMEA All-State Choir member my senior year, and district member my junior year. I went on to study Music Performance at Utah State University and performed as a member of the Wind Orchestra, Caine Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and recorded 3 albums as a Bass II with the Utah State University Chamber Singers. I continue to live in the Plainfield, Illinois area and teach the Lincoln-Way Community High School Marching Band and the Plainfield North Marching Tigers.
Music remains the cornerstone of my life and I aim to be a performing member of a major symphony one day! I started working at Music & Arts in August 2018, and it allows me to still work within the musical community as a non-performer! Helping a child and the parent get a rental and watching them leave my store with a smile and excitement is such an uplifting experience! Come on in and lets get you playing! I am the percussionist expert for Fox Valley, so feel free to find me for any assistance!
Concert Sticks/Timpani Mallets-Innovative Percussion, P. Cooperman
Marimba Mallets-Innovative Percussion Casey Cangelosi series
Drumset-DW, Meinl Byzance high hats, Zildjian cymbals