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
Vice President, Musicians Institute
Feb 2010 – Present
Faculty, Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) at Musicians Institute
1987 – Present
1981 – Present
Numerous tours, sessions, videos, film doubles, clinics, live TV, theatrical, political & corporate events. Live performances include Ledisi, Helen Reddy, Brownie Mcgee, Louis Bellson, Harold Land Jr., Nelson Riddle, Jackie DeShannon, Judith Hill, Barbara Morrison, Great American Swing Band, Benedetto Artist Players, Robin Flower, Sweet Baby J'ai, Sheryl Bailey, Steve Herberman, Sunnie Paxson, Sonya Jason, et al. Opened for Burt Bacharach, Cyndy Lauper, Laura Nyro, Doc Watson, Barry Manilow, Bruce Cockburn, Bela Fleck, more.
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
Executive Director, The Musicians Foundation Nov 2009 – Present
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
Advisory Board Member, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance/Business Improvement District TDOZ
2018 - Present
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
Chairman of the Board, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
June 2014 - Apr 2016
Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Feb 2011–Apr 2018
Advisory Board Member, Professional Development and Education Coalition Committee (GMEC) Grammy Music Education Coalition
Oct 2013–Mar 2017
Advisory Board Member (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
Board of Directors, The Glendale Historical Society
July 2019-July 2021
Steering Committee, First World Guitar Congress
The Recording Academy
Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society