Instrument(s): Clarinet, tenor/ soprano saxophones
Hometown: Grand Blanc, Michigan
Originally a New Englander and considered the most “musically educated” member of the NRB, having earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degrees in music and education at Boston and Columbia Universities. He worked on the East Coast as a member of a variety of dance bands and stage musical pit orchestras where he backed a long list of big-name entertainers.
He moved to the Midwest in the 1970s to teach music at the University of Michigan-Flint Campus and joined the NRB in 1979. He subsequently wrote and arranged the orchestrations for the NRB’s very successful Symphony Pops Concert appearances. He retired from playing in the band on a “full time” basis in 1998.