Born in Seattle, I started studying the accordion
in 1953 when I was 11 years old. I studied all
through my teen years. It seems I took to music
very quickly and was teaching by age 14. I
fronted a Country band called the Buckaroos,
about the same time, and we went on to win
many amateur contests!
After high school, I went on to teach 50 students
per week in Fairbanks, Alaska. Accordion was
extremely popular back then as Dick Contino was
a superstar accordionist with millions of fans.
I stayed in Fairbanks for a year and then began
a life of a touring musician. I became the
comedic half of a comedy team and played all
over the country. In 1981, while performing in
Las Vegas, I actually met Dick Contino, and started
working with him as his conductor and musical
arranger. I stayed with Dick until 1993, at which time I moved to Reno, Nevada, where I have resided ever since.
I became quite well known in Reno and played all the top venues. I have recently retired from performing and now work online as an accordion and piano teacher, a web designer, a recording producer and an author of music theory books.
This change of career has been a good move and my business is growing every day!