I was born in Alton, IL and grew up in the country where I learned to appreciate hard work and dedication. I moved to Chicago to attend Elmhurst College where I received my Music Education Degree and a minor in Jazz Studies. After teaching for several years I entered into the world of string sales at Kenneth Stein Violins, and then at Quinlan and Fabish Music. After 3 years apprenticing under the master maker William Whedbee (http://whedbeeviolins.com/) I started making my own instruments. I have discovered a passion for luthierie, and find great joy in setting up instruments for players, as well as restoring old gems, and making new basses. I continue to gig in various settings on both electric and upright bass for musicals, worship, jazz, rockabilly, and wedding bands.
"Every artist was first an amateur." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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