In '55 I met Clem DeRosa who introduced me to the world of big band music. Went to North Texas State Univ. in '61 played in the famous 1:00 Lab Band for several years. Joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1968. Did one US tour with him. Joined the Ray Charles Orchestra in 1969. Did 2 world tours with him. Came back to NY in 1971 where I became active in the "scene" which included Latin bands, jingle recording, recording dates, shows of every variety, Broadway shows including Dreamgirls and Starlight Express. Also became a member of the Westbury Music Fair house band where we played for every known entertainer of the time. After a decade being a professional chef, I returned to a playing music again in 2009. Met Arthur (I can't remember when) and worked with him on the American Song project.