I had the pleasure of having Cliff as primarily two things in my music life: my bass guitar teacher, and my band teacher. As my bass teacher, he taught me so much about the craft. I already knew how to play guitar, so the lesson consisted mainly of the intricacies of the bass and what made it unique---learning how to play the bass as a bass. He helped me with various genres of music, ranging from all forms of rock, to jazz, to classical, you name it. This was a private one on one lesson, in which Cliff and I developed a close bond of friendship and he became more than just a teacher, but also a friend. He was always punctual, and always passionate about the craft. I can't quantify how valuable his lessons were. Then as a band mentor and director, he taught me about the importance of playing with others---of being able to play to a metronome, of being able to follow a leader as well as eventually even become my own leader. He taught me about volume mixing, equalizing, etc. in order to have a solid sound mix for the band, so that every instrument could be heard at the appropriate and pleasing levels. We also got into recording, where I learned about music from the production side as well. The tools he taught me both in the private lesson and in the band setting allowed me to be able to form and lead my own band and recording company. I can't say enough great things about Cliff, because without him, I wouldn't be the musician I am today. And I would be devoid of the great friend that he became to me.