Kent Philharmonic Orchestra, Aquinas (Bruce Early), GRJC (Ray Gill), Grand Valley (Dan Kovats), The Larry Ballard Band, Chupa Cobras, Comments of Aether.
(12/4 double-neck guitar, 4 and 5 string basses, Taurus Bass pedals, bouzouki, vocals)
I play various instruments starting with violin when I was around 7 or 8. I play with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra here in Grand Rapids and have done so for nearly 30 years. I play bass and have done so in various capacities. I played in the jazz band (occasionally the baritone sax as well) at my high school (Comstock Park) for 3 years and in the jazz orchestras at Aquinas (Bruce Early), GRJC (Ray Gill), and Grand Valley (Dan Kovats). I played in various small wedding band type gigs and sat in with folks such as River City Jazz and Triple Play (this is all late 70’s early 80’s). I played bass on the road with The Larry Ballard Band with Jerry “Deacon’ Davis, Ed Dildine, and Ron Lawrence. More recently I slapped an upright bass for a few years with a band I co-founded called the Chupa Cobras, and currently play a ridiculously cool/fun Prog. Rock project called Comments of Aether. With this group (we play old King Crimson, Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd, etc) I play a 12/4 double-neck guitar, 4 and 5 string basses, Taurus Bass pedals, bouzouki, along with some vocal work. I am fortunate to play with some wonderfully talented people in this project and they are Kent Lavengood, Nic Stubbs, Ann Wharton, and James Paauwe.