Welcome to the Mindbla blog!
I attended the University of Massachusetts where I studied music under the incredible guidance of Dr. Peter Tanner and percussion guru Thom Hannum, and around that time I also lived for a year in Concord, CA while performing with the Blue Devils drum corps under yet another amazing teacher and drumming legend, Tom Float, who incidentally created the trash can trio gig at Disneyland that spawned the groups I was so lucky to be a part of in Japan.
I was born and raised in the Boston area, and I must admit, I left because it was just way too cold there. I do travel back home as often as I can, though I prefer to plan those trips for the summer months.
On the traveling front, I’ve been around America quite a lot back in my drum corps days, mostly small towns and rural communities with a whole lot of nice people I was lucky enough to meet along the way. I’ve also been to Hawaii and Guam, and several cities in Canada and Mexico. That pretty rounds out North America although Washington D.C., Chicago, and Atlanta are still on my “places to see” list. Abroad I’ve been around Japan quite a bit as you might imagine, as far afield as Okinawa which was an awesome place to visit (great tacos…I know, ain’t it weird?). And I’ve also spent short amounts of time in Hong Kong and London having an absolute blast hanging with friends there.
Thanks for checking out my blog, hope you enjoy it.