I was born and raised in rural Minnesota and began playing trombone in 9th grade after a three year stint with the clarinet.
Upon graduation from high school I attended the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, earning a degree in Music Education. This led to a public school teaching career, involving elementary and middle school bands at Bullock Creek Schools and later, retiring from Beecher Community Schools. During my teaching years I also earned a Master's Degree in school administration from Central Michigan University.
I met my wife, Heide, during a stint in the U.S. Army, while stationed in Heidelberg, Germany in the mid 1960s. We have two daughters, and to our good fortune, both families live near us.
I have occupied the second trombone position in the FSO since 1971, playing my first few seasons under the leadership of Bill Byrd. I truly love playing in the middle of the trombone section; it's a special challenge being the tonal center of the chord structures and having to match intonation with the two outside voices. I've even been known to say that I believe I was born with a second trombone in my hands!!