I’m a father, a musician, and a poet-who-doesn’t-know-it.
As a stay-at-home dad to three kids, I spend most of my time taking care of my family and our home. Running our household is demanding work. I clean. I do laundry. I drive the kids where they need to go. I keep the family calendar. I take care of the cars, the groceries, and the meals. It keeps me busy all the time. – I really don’t know how families who don’t have someone staying at home get it all done, they have my respect.
My professional background is mostly in music (therefore a series of different day jobs) and my educational background is in both music and German language & literature. After majoring in music performance and music history for a time, I finished with a bachelor’s degree in German Studies and spent a year in graduate school studying German literature and second language acquisition. As a student, I was a teaching assistant in both beginning German and in holocaust literature. I’ve also been a music teacher. I was an artist-in-residence at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City and I taught lessons privately in low brass and bass guitar.
As a performer, I enjoy working in the studio and playing live. I have experience playing different styles of music. Besides various school ensembles, I’ve played in rock bands, dixieland bands, brass bands, symphonic bands, folk groups, and orchestras. I was a member of the Jubilee Brass of Kansas City for four years. I spent another four years with the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra of Virginia. I currently have seven-and-counting years with the Vereins-Musikanten German band of Cincinnati, almost as many yeras with the Ohio Military Band, and have recently become a member of the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. I also have an ongoing composing/recording project with Kentucky Graham Hentschel we call Tubanjo. As a studio artist, I have recorded a solo album and written & recorded two soundtracks. I co-wrote and recorded albums with Kentucky Jam (the group, not the non-profit) and Tubanjo. I’ve also appeared on the recordings of other artist like Cincinnati Blues artist, John Ford, and the folk duo Bookends.
I also help independent musicians produce their music in my role with a small non-profit called KentuckyJam.org that helps independent musicians record and self-publish their music. You can find out more about that project at KentuckyJam.org.
Like a lot of people, I fancy myself a writer, although I’ve only ever published the occasional article in small periodicals. I’ve wanted to write a book for years, but I lose interest in long projects or more so decide that no one could possibly be interested in my drivel. I’ve written a lot of lyrics and poetry. When I write poetry, I have no hang-ups about the quality of my work. I feel closer to the source when I write poems, like when I play music. Maybe one day I will have enough quality poetry to publish a collection. Maybe. In the mean time, I’ve started a blog. Maybe you’ve seen it!