20Ē Slingerland w/Aquarian Heads & a cheap eBay crash/ride cymbal
White Bear Lake, MN
Roger Lewis, Roderick Paulin, All the Brass Bands in NOLA (Dirty Dozen, Rebirth, NewBirth, Treme, Lil Rascals, Hot 8, Soul Rebels, Stooges), Tower of Power, John Coletrane, JC Clegg (first private lessons), my Mom.
Rolliní (Rebirth Brass Band), The New Orleans Album (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), The Meters Anthology (Funky Meters), Live and In Living Color (Tower of Power),
New Orleans Saints (gotta love the underdog)
I started playing Brass Band Music when I was in High School. I thank my Mom and Max for exposing me to this music. Because of my Mom, Iíve been at Dirty Dozen shows throughout the Midwest, including bar shows, since I turned 16. Iím originally a saxophone player, and attended the University of Minnesota (Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble). In 2002, I made the switch to bass drum. Musical highlights include sitting in with the Dirty Dozen at many a venue (including New Orleans during JazzFest), playing First Avenue as the opener for Buckwheat Zydeco, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, co-billing with Rebirth Brass Band at the Cabooze, and having the JBB play in NOLA @ Le Bon Temps Roulle.