I began studying classical guitar at Medicine Hat College in the mid 70’s under the guidance of performing classical guitarist William Frank, student of famed technique author Aaron Shearer. Rapid progress resulted in my winning the Silver Medal Award for Performance, a yearly National Competition adjudicated by The Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music. It was the first time a guitarist was honored with the award at MHC. Shortly thereafter I accepted a junior teaching position under Mr. Frank at MHC until leaving to attend Simon Fraser University in Kelowna, B.C.
Discovery of jazz lured me from classical roots to experiment with the styles of a number of jazz players over the next few years. In 1991 I founded and hosted a weekly jazz jam with the Saskatoon Jazz Society. I played with all levels of musicians, played in a few combos, performed in the annual jazz festival and in clubs and restaurants. In 1997 I took time off from my day job to study in Montreal, Qu for a semester with Greg Layton jazz guitar professor at McGill University. I moved to Camano Island in 2001 and began teaching full time in January 2002.
I believe the role of the instructor is to give the student the tools and knowledge to successfully pursue whatever musical goals they have. I invite you to take advantage of my experience to help you achieve your musical goals. It will be a pleasure to help you get there.