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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

June 2014 - Apr 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 Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship, USC. Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.

1990 – 1995 

 

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

1977 – 1981  

 

Musicians Institute Vocational Honors Degree, Guitar/GIT

1985 – 1986 

 

Private Studies: Guitar with Joe Diorio, Larry Koonse, Pat Kelley, Norman Brown, Kevin Eubanks, Joe Pass, Ted Greene, et al.

1976 – 1995 

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