Craig Hawkins was born and raised in upstate New York, USA. After attending Ithaca College and recieving his BMEd., he has had a number of teaching positions in the public schools. Although going to school for voice, Mr. Hawkins has performed extensively on violin and double bass in local musical theater productions. He currently substitute teaches for his home school district and directs the Celebration Choir of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, in Endwell, New York. Mr. Hawkins has recently begun learning Earl scruggs-style banjo.