I'm a guitarist, teacher and luthier in the Pittsburgh area. I received my BA in music performance (jazz guitar) from Duquesne University in 1994. I’ve performed with local and national artists such as the the duo Leah and Chris, The Honeyriders, Modern Times and the Rick Purcell Band (current), Joe Negri, Charlie Haden, Randy Purcell, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Beck, The Shirelles, Jim Nabors (yes that’s right, Gomer Pyle) and performed as an opening act for Barry Manillo, Chubby Checker, The Indigo Girls, Soul Asylum and Rod Stewart. Show performances have included West Side Story, Little Shop Of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wiz and Children of Eden to name a few. I received a Post Baccalaureate Certifcation in music education from Duquesne University in 2003 and my Masters of Arts Teaching from California University of PA in 2010. I'm currently employed as a music teacher in the Elizabeth Forward School District.