I was born, brought up, and received all my formal education in Emporia, KS. When I was 7, I begged my parents to let me play violin. Though they were not musical at all, they suggested that I play the old antique pump organ that we already owned. So I started piano lessons with Carol Longyear, the music teacher at William Allen White Elementary School, and exercised on that old organ, with the understanding that if I did well, I could start violin lessons at a later date. Sixth grade came along and I excitedly told director Don Kile that I wanted to play in his orchestra at Lowther Middle School. I was told that the only way I could be in orchestra was if I played the double bass.....he already had too many violins. Without hesitation (or parent's permission), I agreed and, after a couple of lessons, started orchestra. I went on with piano lessons with Caren Loper through middle school, and still more lessons through high school with Agnes Reichardt.
I had no idea at the time what a musical journey I had embarked upon. I went on to take part in Kansas All State Orchestras (bass), Kansas State Piano Festivals, and played bass and piano in the US Army Band. While in college, I taught piano lessons at the Jane Wheat Fine Arts Center. I studied piano with Elaine Edwards, and bass with James Swain and received my Bachelor of Music Education from Emporia State University. I directed bands and orchestras at Robinson Middle School in Wichita, KS, directed All District musicals for Wichita Public Schools, worked as an educational representative/string repairman/salesperson for Jim Starkey Music Center, taught bass lessons at Friends University and Bethel College,and have played countless jazz, rock, polka, dance band, and chamber music gigs. Currently I play bass (sometimes piano) with praise and worship teams at Westlink Christian Church here in Wichita, as well as directing their bell choir. I take the occasional jazz gig these days.
I have been married to my wife, Jennifer, for nearly 21 years. We have a 12 year old son, and we foster kids as well. Also living in our home are two beagles and a cairn terrier. When I'm not playing the piano or bass, or giving lessons, I enjoy fishing, camping, and woodworking.
Highlights, Specialties & Features
- Piano and Bass lessons, Online Piano Lessons
Professional Associations & Certifications
- International Society of Bassists
- American String Teachers Association
- Wichita Area Piano Teachers League
- Wichita, KS
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|City||Wichita , KS|
|Address||2363 Dogwood Lane|
|Phone Number||(316) 530-1640|