I began my drumming journey in 1998, when I received a pair of drumsticks from my aunt for Christmas. After I had proved to my parents my commitment by ruthlessly beating their couch every day, they signed me up for 5th grade band, with private drum lessons soon to follow.
I started my first band in the 8th grade and played with them up until my senior year of high school. After high school I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I was fortunate to be able to study with many world-class drummers and educators, and to play in bands with other musicians who felt the same way about music that I did. I majored in Professional Music with a concentration in Performance and Private Studio Teaching, and I graduated with a BA in 2011.
I began teaching professionally after I graduated, as well as pursuing projects that excited and pushed me. The most notable of those was a metal band called Numbers and an indie folk/pop band called Hey Marseilles. I appear on Numbers' self-titled EP as well as their full-length album "Three," and I appear on Hey Marseilles' debut full-length album "To Travels & Trunks." I also spent part of 2016 touring the country with Hey Marseilles.
In 2017 my wife and I decided to move to San Diego, and here we are.
Some other things you should know about me:
Travis Barker was my biggest drumming influence growing up. If you haven't heard his work with Blink-182 ("Enema of the State" and on), Box Car Racer, or Goldfinger ("The Knife"), I highly suggest you check it out. Other drummers that have made a lasting impression on me are Matt Greiner from August Burns Red and Matt Halpern from Periphery.
My favorite bands/albums currently are "Partycrasher" and "Career Suicide" by A Wilhelm Scream, Blink-182 (with Travis drumming), Box Car Racer, Goldfinger's album "The Knife," Incubus, Against Me!, "Concrete and Gold" by the Foo Fighters, and Finch's album "Say Hello To Sunshine."