Percussion, Drum Set
I played in: "The Mid-East All-Star Band" sponsored by Duquesne University in 1965 & 1966; "The All Ohio Boys Band" in 1966 & 1967 at the Ohio State Fair; and the "School Band of America" European tour in July/Aug 1968.
My high school and college highlights include: backing Billy Joe Royal w/ The Epics; Opening for Gary Lewis and the Playboys w/ The Epics; opening for John Sebastian w/ Dynasty; and Sugarloaf w/ Dynasty. I have also opened for: Bob James w/ Kelly Crum at the Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH; George Duke and Stanley Clarke w/ Bobby Floyd at the Agora in Columbus, OH; and Bill Cosby w/ Terry Bradshaw Band at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.
In my one year - 106 show - stint as House Band drummer on the live radio show " Jamboree, USA at the Capitol theatre in Wheeling, WV I opened for many country artists, including: Johnny Cash; Loretta Lynn; Hank Williams Jr.; George Jones; Charley Rich; Tammy Wynette; Jerry Reed; and Merle Haggard. On this show I played with: Johnny Cash; June Carter; Crystal Gayle; Don Gibson; Freddie Fender; Terry Bradshaw; Elmer the Clown; and my favorite - the Wheeling, WV 40 Piece Senior Citizens' Kazoo Orchestra!
I have been lucky enough to play with many amazing artists, including: Nancy Wilson; Cissy Houston; Little Jimmy Scott; Carmen Cavallero; Bobby Floyd; Dan Wall; organists: Don Patterson; Hank Marr; Jimmy McGriff; Tony Monaco; guitartists: Wilbert Longmeyer; Eric Gale; David Johnson; Don Hales; Jerry Reed; Tommy Chong; jazz artists: Rusty Bryant; Frank Foster; Gap Mangioni; Leroy (Bunny) Fields; Grover Washington Jr; Steve Turrel; Arturo Sandoval; Phil Wilson; The Stan Kenton Orchestra (on vibraphone) et cetera ad nauseum.
I have also been lucky enough to tour with the Broadway production of 42nd Street. With that show I played in many amazing venues, including: The Muni, St. Louis, MO - the largest outdoor theatre in the world; The Queen Elizabeth the 2nd in Vancouver, BC. On the School Band of America tour we played at other great venues. Among them were: The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria; The Casino in Baccarat, France; The Brewers hall in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia; and the Main Concert Hall at the BBC in London, England.
I was blessed to be a part of the amazing faculty at the Ohio State University Music Department. I taught there from the fall of 1990 to the summer of 2007. Many of my students have enjoyed careers as musicians and educators.
Columbus, OH has been my musical playground for many years. i haveplayed in most of its many venues, some quite grand, some quite disreputable.
I am so happy to now be a part of Music and Arts. I have enjoyed my association with the company and all of its teachers and employees for many years. I feel that I can recommend it to music enthusiasts of all ages. Hope to see you soon.