I got a stand up bass in 1995 to fulfill the mounting requests from jazz band leaders I was working with. Soon I realized that this was no cakewalk and began formal classical lessons with SF Symphony section bassist Charles Chandler. Charles is an amazing bassist and I could not believe the sound he produced. I fell for solo classical bass and soon joined Symphony Parnassus in San Francisco. Bryan Horne of Hot Buttered Rum fame was in my bass section too at the time! Shortly after joining, the conductor Steve Paulson (Principal Bassoonist for SF Symphony) asked me to be principal bass. I gladly accepted, and was fortunate enough to play several great symphonies over the next few years. I also studied with SF Opera Bassist Shinji Eshima, and the great solo bassist Gary Karr. For jazz, I went to the great Mel Graves of Sonoma State University who wanted me to enroll in the school. I also started transcribing the bass lines of Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Rufus Reid, and Paul Chambers. It was around this same time that David Grisman further expanded my musical tastebuds and skills on upright. In fact, I was so moved by David's tremolo that I picked up acoustic guitar (had one around since age 12) and started an acoustic band called The Pine Needles
that plays regularly.