Director of Praise Band
I was born and raised in Memphis, TN, so, yes, I love them B-B-Q RIBS!!! My dad and mom were both professional musicians, and I took piano lessons from grades 1-12 from the local church organist who was on staff at Southwestern University. I began playing service pieces on the organ around the age of 10. After graduating from high school, I went to Indiana University (Hoosierland!) where I obtained my undergraduate degree in organ performance and graduated Magna Cum Laude! In my freshman year at IU I won a Bach competition. Studying at one of the greatest universities in this country was a gift from my dad I am forever grateful for. It was without a doubt four of the best years of my life!
Although I have my degree in classical music, I must confess that I have a divided heart when it comes to the question of which genre of music do I like more: classical or contemporary? When the Beatles hit the US of A, my heart was immediately and forever divided! The first time I heard their recording of “If I Fell” with its beautiful 2-part harmony, I “fell in love” with the song and the band! During the summer between my junior and senior years at IU, I was invited by a fellow percussion major at the IU School of Music to come to his hometown of Phoenix, AZ, and play keyboards in his band, “Chops”. It was later that summer, much to my dad’s horror that I threatened to quit college to pursue a career in Rock-n-Roll! Thankfully, I didn’t quit, but after I graduated from IU, I pursued my rock-n-roll dreams by playing in two bands, spending a year with each band.
I have served the Lord in music ministry now for 32 years, serving 7 churches, and I just completed a DECADE here at HUMC as the True light Praise Team Worship Leader at the end of August! I am a diaconal minister (Associate in Music) in the United Methodist Church, taking foundational courses in biblical studies right here in Philadelphia at Eastern Baptist Seminary and certification coursework mostly in Nashville, TN. I currently teach private piano lessons, sing tenor in an 80-voice chorale, play in a rock-n-roll band (Knucks Glissando is my stage name), and play piano every Saturday night at the Kennett Square Inn during the dinner hour! That leaves me very little free time, but when I do have some, I like to spend it with my best buddy, Max, hiking around together! I’m also an avid bicyclist and average 30 miles a week on my road bike! I am very grateful to God for my good health and for giving me such a rich life that’s full of opportunities to make music for lots and lots of people!
In His service