I never expected to be composing and playing music like I am today. I was born deaf. I grew up in love with science, video games, and the usual nerdy things a typical boy at that age would be. I merely participated in General Music class. However, when I first chose my instruments in Fourth Grade I was attracted to the clarinet the most. This began my band career, and I was in for quite a journey. My deafness made it a huge challenge for me to learn how to play music. I struggled to learn how to practice and listen to myself play the clarinet, but I had several music teachers that helped me along the way. Hard work had to happen in order for me to get through it. The idea of many of my peers coming together to make music was just magical for me, and I kept coming back and working for more. I wanted to grow and get better to be able to enjoy the music even more. I started composing because I wanted to create the magical music that I heard in video game soundtracks but I eventually started learning how to compose for band by studying scores, and by listening in my band rehearsals. This enabled me to indulge in the music even more, and I enjoy it on a deeper level than before.
I am a graduate of the Crane School of Music and am currently a student at Michigan State University. I have also been involved in a number of programs and competitions such as the National Band Association's Young Composer Mentor Project, headed by composer Mark Camphouse!