Upon acquiring that first drum set my mother arranged for private lessons. She had studied music performance in college and was a natural to nurture such an endeavor. She played trombone. Whereas I found many drummers and musicians to be of inspiration, my mother will always make the top of the list.
Where I didn't try out for school funded bands during my Junior and High School days, I concentrated on various after school garage rock bands in and around the San Francisco Bay Area playing at parties and local clubs. In college as a non-music major I took the chance to study in a small jazz combo performance class with 99% music majors and myself, an undergraduate in History! Six years after college and a four year break from drumming I joined the percussion section with the Ohlone Concert Band. A year or two later I joined the Pleasanton Community Concert Band and gained more valuable playing experience. I left that band in the Summer of 2006 in relocating to Arizona. I'm currently a member of the Tucson Concert Band and a few of its' satellite bands.