Started drumming at ten but it got serious when he heard a Max Roach recording. He then listened intensely to late 40's & 60's jazz. He practiced the drums obsessively while obtaining his BA. He played in rock bands but was captured by avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical music. In 2000 he moved from the Midwest and immersed himself in the free jazz & improv music scenes of the San Francisco bay area. In 2005 he relocated to Portland expanding his work to accompany dancers and to cull new sounds from drums and found objects.