Hailing from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, I've been involved in music almost all my life. I started piano lessons at age 4 and added saxophone at age 11 (after torturing my parents for a year with violin... ha ha). While being involved in concert, symphonic, marching and jazz bands throughout high school and college, I found my true musical passion as a bass player while on tour with Up With People.
I'm comfortable playing in a variety of genres, and if you take a spin through my music player and you’ll find a wide list of musical influences: From Marcus Miller, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, The Motet, Mingo Fishtrap, Papa Grows Funk and Lettuce/Soulive to Dream Theater, Karnivool, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Primus, Tool, Liquid Tension Experiment… and everything in between.
Aside from playing bass for Groove 'N Motion (14-piece funk/rock covers), I also make appearances with Gumbo Le Funque (New Orleans funk and Second Line), 6 Million Dollar Band (80's pop), and Citizen Dan (Steely Dan Tribute). I also enjoy studio work and playing for local musical productions like Annie, Hairspray and Hair, and I've worked with local singer/songwriters and youth choirs.
Some of my favorite past venues include House of Blues Las Vegas, Austin City Limits Festival, Stubb’s BBQ, a trip to Nashville to film with Bobby Jones Gospel Presents, and the Pope’s weekly address on the steps of the Vatican.