"I hit things! That's what I do. I guess it makes me one of the most laid-back people I know. I suggest you try it...hitting drums, that is! When you see me onstage with a smile on my face, it's because I LOVE what I do.
I was born in November of 1970, and according to my mom, I was an easy-going, laid-back, happy child. She also claims that I was singing and banging on pots and pans at a very early age...but I don't really remember any of that. I got my first guitar at the age of six, and my first pair of drumsticks at the age of eleven. I joined the junior high school band program which is where I began learning my craft and really developing my love for making all kinds of music. I continued to musically grow and learn all through high school. During high school I decided to really pursue a career in music. My parents wanted me to go to college. You know, "just in case". After high school, I attended North Texas State University briefly, as well as the Mississippi University for Women. No, seriously. Go ahead and finish chuckling...I'll wait. Apparently, my professors at MUW saw something in me that I couldn't see in myself at the time, because they advised me to quit school and get out on the road with a band. So I did. I quit school and began pursuing the life of a working musician.
My journey has been long, sometimes easy, sometimes difficult, but always very fun... I have played in more bands than I can recall, in more bars than I care to remember, and have made lots of music along the way. I can honestly say that playing with Zac and the guys is one of the most (if not THE most) enriching, fulfilling, and challenging musical ventures I have ever been a part of, and I am very grateful to be able to make music with them.
All in all, I can truly say that I absolutely love what I do for a living and that I feel extremely blessed to be able to do it. I still consider myself an ardent student of music and drumming. I hope I never stop learning about it. I have always been fascinated by music and its ability to transcend, communicate, express, and affect.
The only thing that fascinates me as much as music? My wife and daughters. Without their love and support, I would be truly lost. They are the "yin" to my musical "yang". They give me balance and keep me very grounded...and I love them more than words could ever express.
Hopefully one day I will truly understand what makes music so special...probably about the same time I truly understand the manifestation of an estrogen-driven wardrobe crisis."
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