Personal History

Musical and Educational Background (1939 – 1957)

Began private piano instructions in 1943 at the age of 4.

Began brass studies in 1948.

Performed personal recital for FRED WARING at the age of 10.

Continued classical piano studies for 8 years till 1951.

In 1952:

Started playing for professional engagements at the age of 13.

From 1952 – 1957:

Played with various school bands.
(stage bands, concert bands, marching bands, stage plays and small groups)
During this period, increased studies to include playing sousaphone, trumpet, baritone horn, tuba, french horn, and valve trombone.

In 1954:

Was a winning contestant in HORACE HEIDT amateur talent show.
In the same year, was offered acceptance at CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From 1952 – 1957:

Won many awards in various musical competitions in Pennsylvania.