One day, a few years ago, I heard my older sister make the most amazing sounds from a small Winter Practice piano in the family living room. I sat down next to her and began to play along. She smiled, and provided encouragement, as I tried to push her off the piano bench!
So at the tender age of six, I began a life-long passion for music.
I've been a professional musician since the age of 12 when my 5-piece band got paid $2.50 plus all the food we could eat at our local Polish Festival in a little town north-east of Pittsburgh called Lower Burrell.
Throughout high school, I played in a band 3 nights a week, played in the marching band (alto sax) and played in the jazz band, where in 1972 we went on a world tour and won the "Best High School Jazz Band" at the Anglo-international Festival of Music in England.
During my early years as a musician, I discovered I had an aptitude for all things electric and electronic. Homemade speakers, a custom Leslie for my Hammond and ultimately an internship, at the age of fifteen, in a 4-track recording studio instilled an appreciation in how to “make music sound good”.
After 2 years on the road, I headed to Berklee to learn more about all things musical.
Studies with James Williams, Tom Anastos and Ted Pease gave me the foundation to make music a profession.
When the disco rage wiped out live music in a lot of clubs, I took some time away from performing and worked at Bose Corporation, where I eventually became the Recording Engineer. Mixing music, sound effects, and narration in over 15 languages was just another day the office. But, as great as this “office” was, I felt the pull of entrepreneurship.
These skills led to the next logical choice: my own recording studio.
I opened a studio on Newbury Street in 1985, where projects for ad agencies, corporate clients and the new wave rock scene kept us going 24/7. In 1989, I married the love of my life and we moved to London to take a break from the fast lane.
That "break" didn't last too long.
All night hip-hop sessions in central London, mixing BBC soundtracks and producing local British singer-songwriters made my London experience rich with musical learning and diversity. We moved to Pittsburgh in 1990 to be near my family and help as much as I could with my aging dad, a Battle of the Bulge WWII vet, and the man that made my career possible with a lifetime of support.
In Pittsburgh, I scored music for the Steelers, the Penguins, Alcoa and Westinghouse. By 1993, I was ready for the big step: New York or Los Angeles. We opted for the sun, and we drove our Chevy Caprice to the City of Angels in March of 1993.
While in LA, I established myself as an A-lister, in demand on TV shows and indie film productions. Credits include HBO, CBS, NBC and FOX.
And after 28 years in Los Angeles, I relocated to the wonderful town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, where I continue to work online with clients in LA and new clients on the East Coast.
Music is all I do! I've been helping people find the music they need for 30 years! How may I help you?