Gene received his teaching degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,Pa. In 1957, he joined the esteemed Airmen of Note as a lead reed player. As most of the performers in the well-known band, he went on to arrange and compose music of his own. Gene accepted a teaching position in New Jersey in 1964. At night he traveled to New York to play at the famous Latin Quarter located at 48th and Broadway. He also played for various star acts at the Pococo's and the Copa Cabana. During this time, Gene arranged and composed music for six children's films and commercial jingles. Gene was asked to join the house band at the Sand's Hotel in Las Vegas, Nv. Additionally he arranged music for many headliners. In the 1980's, he conducted and arranged for Guy Mitchell. Presently, Gene resides in Las Vegas with his wife of forty-three years. He continues to perform, arrange and compose for select artists.