For several years, I performed with different groups that had some success. During that time, I also attended SUNY Suffolk pursuing a science career leading to optometry. That was a mistake! After two semesters I withdrew from the college. Finally, I decided that I had to return to college to study music. It was the biggest and most important decision I had made in my life. The sacrifices were tremendous. After graduating from SUNY Suffolk, I entered Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The work load at Berklee was demanding and took up all of my time. I graduated with a B.M.in Music Composition, and a B.M. in Music Education. Opportunities immediately arose which enabled me to work as a free lance composer, arranger, producer, conductor, and studio guitarist in the cities of Boston and New York.
Over the years, I have contributed to the success of many Pop, R & B, and Dance recordings in the U.S. and Europe. After working for many years in this capacity, I took a leave from this line of work to further pursue a second career as an educator of music. I continued my education at Long Island University graduating with an M.A. in Music Composition, and from SUNY Stony Brook with a M.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Due to my professional musical experiences and education, I was afforded the opportunity to move quickly through the academic ranks and eventually became the Academic Chair of Music at SUNY Suffolk.