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BIO

My long-held habit of saying “yes” to opportunity shaped my destiny in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined when I got my very first guitar at age 10.  


As a college student, I studied music, but was deeply inspired by the practice of Aikido and even learned some Japanese – imagining my life as a martial artist in Japan. An injury caused me to change my plans.  Over the years, various musical projects and gigs happened along the way – leading me to enroll at GIT in Hollywood as a student in 1985.  I never left.


Saying “yes” has meant that music wasn’t always the central force in my professional life. 

I’ve spent most of the last three decades in service to others by teaching, running/creating various educational programs, engaged in the community, volunteering for nonprofits and doing a few hip gigs here and there.


I’m grateful to be a guitar player. 



RESUME |PROFESSIONAL CREDITS | EDUCATION

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CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Vice President, Musicians Institute  Feb 2010 – Present 

 

Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) Faculty, Musicians Institute  1987 – Present 

 

Executive Director, The Musicians Foundation Nov 2009 – Present 

 

Professional Musician 1981 – Present

Numerous tours, sessions, videos, film doubles, clinics, live TV, theatrical, political & corporate events. Live performances include Helen Reddy, Brownie Mcgee, Louis Bellson, Harold Land, Nelson Riddle, Jackie DeShannon, Judith Hill, Barbara Morrison, Sonya Jason, Great American Swing Band, Robin Flower, et al. Opened for Burt Bacharach, Cyndy Lauper, Laura Nyro, Doc Watson, Barry Manilow, Bruce Cockburn, Bela Fleck, more.

Author 1996-Present

Co-author of bestselling (over 100,000 copies sold) instructional guitar method book "Guitar Soloing", and & "Advanced Guitar Soloing" for Hal Leonard/MI Press.

Freelance music writer for Los Angeles Magazine, and Jazz Guitar Today.

 

Event Producer, Panelist, Panel Moderator, Judge, Interviewer, Public Speaker, Clinician 1991-Present

CURRENT NONPROFIT

Steering Committee Member JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
Oct 2015 – Present 

 

Advisory Board Member Women's International Music Network Apr 2017 – Present 

 

Advisory Board Member, Hollywood Heritage 2015 – Present  

 

Board Member, The Glendale Historical Society 2019-Present

 

Advisory Board, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance/Business Improvement District TDOZ 2018-Present

 

PAST EMPLOYMENT

Vice President of Education (Academic Affairs), Musicians Institute  

Nov 2008–Feb 2010 

 

Director of Performance Programs, Musicians Institute 2004 – 2006 

Guitar Department Chair/Director of GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology), Musicians Institute Jan 2000–Nov 2009

 

Assistant Dean, Bachelor's Degree Program, Musicians Institute 1995 – 1999 

 

Aikido Instructor, Nidan 1981 – 1994 currently retired. 

Letter Carrier, United States Postal Service Aug 1978–Jun 1984 

PAST NONPROFIT

Chairman of the Board, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (mid-2014 to 2016)

 

Board of Directors and Executive CommitteeHollywood Chamber of Commerce  Feb 2011–Apr 2018

 

Professional Development and Education Coalition Committee (GMEC) Grammy Music Education Coalition Advisory Board Member Oct  2013–Mar 2017 

Advisory Board (LA Area Council), Little Kids Rock Mar 2014–Mar 2017 

 

Chairman, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation 

Apr 2016–Apr 2017 

 

Trustee, Hollywood Historic Trust, (Jan 2018-Dec 2020)

Steering Committee, First World Guitar Congress, 2004

EDUCATION

University of Southern California Master's Degree, Music, Studio/Jazz Guitar 1990 – 1995 Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship, USC. Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society 

 

University of California, Santa Cruz Bachelor of Arts, Music, Liberal Arts, Japanese 1977 – 1981 Additional Studies: John Cage (1979) 

 

Musicians Institute Vocational Honors Degree, Guitar/GIT 1985 – 1986 

 

Private Studies: Guitar with Joe Pass, Joe Diorio, Larry Koonse, Pat Kelley, Norman Brown, et al. 1976 – 1995 

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