studied music theory and composition at Rutgers University, NCAS in the early 1970s under the tutelage of, among others, noted American composers Louie L. White and George Walker. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as K-12 Public School Teacher's Certification. Leaving the education field after budget cuts curtailed the probability of a lifetime in the classroom, a career in the communications industry and a lengthy hiatus from music ensued. John Lennon sang: '. . . Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans', the composer agrees.
Influencing his writing the composer counts all styles of music. And this quote from the composer, "although I do not expect my music will attest to this fact, the most important influence on my musical life has been the music of Brian Wilson . . ."