I have a classical background but play nearly every kind of music.
I'm a founding member of Wally & The Beaves (an oldies variety show) and CJQ (fusion and jazz quartet). I am also the musical director for Danny Vernon and The DeVille's (Elvis tribute artist, and I am the musical director) and perform with The Hitmen (classic rock), The Edsels, The Billy Shew Band and The Soul Proprietors.
I have performed with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Stanley Turrentine, Ramsey Lewis, Louis Bellson, Ellis Marsalis, Keiko Matsui, Lee Oskar (War), The Drifters, and Don Wilson (The Ventures).
I teach out of my home studio in Southeast Renton (Fairwood area).
My students have won all kinds of awards, including scholarships to Berkelee School of Music, multiple outstanding jazz soloist awards, and superior ratings at solo and ensemble competitions.
My focus is first on tone and then technique, but I like to get into ear training and improvisation when students are ready and interested.