Lauren's first music lesson was in 1974—and he was immediately stricken by an incurable love of music. Since that time he has learned, practiced, performed, conducted, and taught music. Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in music (summa cum laude) from St. Cloud State University (Minnesota, USA). His 23-year career in the United States Marine Corps culminated in his posting as Director & Officer in Charge, Marine Forces Pacific Band (Hawaii). Following retirement from the Marine Corps in 2007 Lauren relocated to Australia where he teaches from his private studio near Sydney.