I have been at the University of California in one way or another since 1994.
Until late 2007, I was the Principal Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist for the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra. I performed with the orchestra from 2000 through 2007. I had the pleasure of playing under many extraordinary conductors and with many outstanding musicians, including Harvey Sollberger, David Chase, Steven Schick, Danlee Mitchell, John Fonville, Jeff Nevin, Rand Steiger, and Chinary Ung.
In my final concert with the orchestra, I had the privilege of performing in the North American premiere of Philip Glass's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, featuring Wendy Sutter as the cello soloist, and being conducted by Steven Schick in his debut concert as Music Director of the orchestra. (The television broadcast won an Emmy Award.) I was also on the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Association for six years, including as Vice President and Interim President.
In addition to my lifelong studies of piano and percussion, I also studied conducting with Maestro Thomas Nee and learned about music, dance, and so many pearls of wisdom of life from Mary Nee.
Earlier in life, I played under Leslie Stewart, Wes Kenney, and Gary Sheldon.
A long time ago, I was a supernumerary in the San Francisco Opera's performances of Idomeneo†, and Lohengrin (as "Duke Gottfried von Brabant") with Sir Charles Mackerras, Ben Heppner, and Paul Frey.