I'm a music teacher, guitarist and composer from Ohio. I teach & play many styles of music with influences from Rock, Jazz, Fusion, Pop, Blues, R&B, Folk, & World Music. I pray to bring peace & love to all those that hear my music.
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Rock Guitar, Songwriting, and Ukulele
Online and Instructor's Location
Children, Teens, Adults, and Seniors
I am a guitarist and guitar teacher in the Dayton, Ohio area. I play Pop, Rock, Jazz, and other styles of American music. I grew up in Mt.Orab, Ohio about 40 miles outside of Cincinnati. Most of the music that I was exposed to was classic rock, country, gospel, and bluegrass. I started playing guitar when I was 10 years old in 1979. I had a teacher named Lloyd Hazelbaker when I was 13 and he was a western swing steel guitarist. He told me that I was going to be a jazz guitarist but I had no idea what jazz was. He went on to teach me a lot of old standards like "the Autumn Leaves".
Later, when I was 19, I decided to go to college for music. I went to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and studied with Phil Willis. Then I studied with James E. Smith at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio near Dayton. Then I started teaching and performing through out the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas.
I then found out about the Berklee Online school and started my classes in the winter of 2009 and finished my Specialist Certificate in Advanced Guitar in May, 2009. In 2015 I returned to Central State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.
I have performed at most of the establishments in the Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio area including the Schuster Center, the Victoria Theater, Pacchia restaurant, the Nite Owl, Jazz Central, and the Brown Dog Cafe. I have also played at the Guitar Fest in Centerville, Ohio and at the Lancaster Festival.
I have recorded many songs that are available online.
528 Miamisburg-Centerville RD Centerville, OH 45459
March 2015 - present
20918 State Route 251
St. Martin, OH 45118
September 2014 - present
Pastime Junction, LLC
November 2013 - March 2015
August 2012 - November 2013
August 2003 - December 2012
I have also worked as a music teacher at:
Music Go Round in Beavercreek, Ohio,
Shaw Music in Centerville, Ohio,
Absolute Music in Fairborn, Ohio,
Metro Music in Reynoldsburg, Ohio,
Colonial Music in Hillard, Ohio,
Music Masters in Huber Heights, Ohio, &
McKeever Brothers Music in Huber Heights, Ohio.