Biography

As the child of a clarinetist,and a brilliant mechanical engineer, music became an immediate part of my life. My first of many instruments was the clarinet, and my passion for music never ceased to grow. There was never a time in my life where this passion dimmed.

As a youth, I casually attended church with my family, but in a denomination that was more about tradition than relationship. After a childhood in the northeastern United States, I joined the Navy during the Viet Nam years. Returning from the service, I attended a music conservatory where I received an Associates Degree in performance and composition. I was fortunate to tour extensively across the country (as a drummer) with several rock and roll bands during the late sixties and seventies. All the while, my musical talents increased as I acquired the ability to play more and more instruments. As my journey progressed, I further distanced myself from the Truth, and found logic and “personal power” in New Age teaching.

About fifteen years ago, I began a period of soul searching over the life I was intended to live. God, as I knew Him then, gave me a “vision” of myself as a solo musician. But what voice would this music have? And the answer was….the Native American flute. Almost without effort, I developed my skill with this instrument. It’s earthy resonance was like a sound I had been searching for my entire life. Utilizing skills I had learned in earlier years, I began crafting my own flutes. From traditional single chamber Native flutes, to the harmonizing four-chamber flutes. I hand craft every instrument I utilize in my performance and on my recordings.

Over these past fifteen years, I have written and produced over a dozen CDs. I am blessed to have built a professional recording studio in my home where all my music is recorded. I have never stopped performing, and make my living as a musician, supplementing my income with the sale of my custom-made flutes.

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