A Lifetime of Music
Music is an essential part of our lives and has always been a part of mine. I speak and teach the language of music. Original music, recordings, and books have been published by Hal Leonard, Music Minus One, Mel Bay, Music Sales, Kimbo Educational, and many others. Recent research into ancient musical systems has been seen on the History Channel and the Christian Broadcasting Network. An original composition, The Grand Central March, was chosen to be the Official March of Grand Central Terminal in NYC and was premiered there by the President of the United States Ceremonial Navy Band.
My teachers have included classical guitar with John Marlow, a protégé of Segovia and Dennis Sandole, master teacher of players like Pat Martino, John Coltrane, and Wes Montgomery. But of all my teachers, there was Frank Mullen of Washington, DC: a true mentor and artist. He took me under his wing and taught me how to play and write for the guitar, how to navigate the music business, and he taught me how to teach. Many of my students have continued their careers as professional musicians, composers, and artists.
I also have extensive recording studio experience operating the first full-service recording studio in the Atlantic City area, recording such artists as Glen Campbell, Rich Little, Miss America, and Neil Sedaka and presently maintain a full-service production studio.
As a performer, I was a guitarist with the United States Navy Band and continue to perform in the Atlantic City NJ, Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, New York, and Connecticut areas. Most recently I have performed at Cambridge University in England and numerous venues throughout Scotland, UK.
I teach all styles of guitar playing from beginning studies through advanced chord melody arranging, improvisation, rhythm guitar, and composition. Along with the guitar I also teach ukulele (great for beginners and seniors), bass, 5-string banjo, mandolin. and piano. I welcome students with special needs and was nominated in 2019 as one of the top ten Music Educators in the USA by Music & Arts..
Please contact me and let’s discuss your musical needs.