Musician Turned Advocate
I grew up in a musical household and got my first instrument, a bass guitar, when I was fourteen years old. I was offered my first professional gig when I turned sixteen and spent the next few years playing several nights a week with blues and R&B bands in the Portland area.
I took my first trip to Nashville at the age of eighteen to attend Victor Wooten’s Music and Nature Camp. The experience completely changed my approach to music (and life) and I've since attended several additional camps, performed a few times with Victor’s band, and given voice to a character in the audio book for Victor’s first novel The Music Lesson.
Over the years I've played hundreds of gigs with dozens of bands, performing everything from blues to jazz to country to folk. I've met musicians on stage and played hours of music with them before learning their names. And I've played other gigs by reading the guitarist's hands or listening to the pianist shout the chords out from across the stage.
I worked full time as a professional musician for over ten years. While my focus today is on the autism field, I continue to work part-time as a sideman with local acts and I teach music lessons from my home one day each week. I’m primarily an electric bassist, but I also play and teach guitar, as well as occasionally performing solo jazz concerts with both instruments. On this page, you'll find links to some of my original compositions as well as recordings with other artists.
Please preview a few of my recordings, on which I am playing both bass and guitar unless otherwise notes. You can visit my Facebook page for information on upcoming shows.
A melodic instrumental jazz piece composed in 2014.
Black Eyed Susan
An instrumental imagining of a song written by my good friend Carley Baer.
I play both basses and guitars in this original composition.
Features my friend and mentor Scott Pemberton on guitar.
An original composition featuring Scott Pemberton (guitar) and John Sugg (drums).
Basses, guitars, and solos with way too many notes!
An original piece performed entirely with bass guitars.
A simple instrumental song.