Over the years, he has been a student of Randy Crouch (Florida blues and R&B drummer), Bob Moses (Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, etc.), and Jason Sutter (ex-Jack Drag).
His early performance experience included playing in his high school's award-winning symphonic, jazz & percussion ensembles. During his college years, he played snare drum in the field percussion unit of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps . He toured extensively with the Crusaders throughout the US & Canada during the summers of 1992 and 1993, performing pieces by Mussorsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.