Born and raised in North America, the state of New Jersey was my home for 22 years. My first band was formed with my best friends in the neighborhood. We all learned how to play our instruments in that band. It was a wall of sound and many good times. Wanting to expand my drumming techniques I decided to study with Stu Miller, a well established drummer and educator in New Jersey. 

I played in a variety bands. We wrote our own songs, played rock, pop and blues covers and performed at many parties and clubs in New Jersey. As time passed, I wanted something more, it was time for a new adventure. So in the spring of '92 I packed my truck and drove across America, destination: Los Angeles. There I attended PIT at Musician's Institute  in Hollywood, California where I studied with from some of the best players and educators such as Ray Luzier, Joe Porcaro, Fred Dinkins. Being in L.A. was an amazing experience for me. After graduation in '93 I continued playing in a variety of bands in the Los Angeles area.  After a lot of thought, I made a move out to Phoenix, Arizona to rejoin my old band mates from L.A. We released a CD, and supported international acts on club dates, headlining club shows and festivals. I moved back to Los Angeles and a few years later, I joined a band that would take my life to Europe... We recorded our EP in L.A. and then went out on a short club tour in Switzerland. After our Tour, I decided to leave L.A. and start a new life and career here in Switzerland.

Since 2000, when I moved here, I have been very honoured and grateful to play with many amazing musicians here. I have and continue to learn so much from every experience on and off stage.

Because of the various bands and projects I have performed with and have been a part of, I have been fortunate enough to explore and experience different musical styles.

From 2007- 2016 , I was a member of the rock band CHINA .  We have played many Open-Air Festivals and clubs all over Switzerland. We have played festivals and clubs in England, Germany and Austria. National and international radio play,  Swiss television performances, support band for Krokus's reunion tour 2010, support  for the band EUROPE and many more. Our CD ''Light Up The Dark'' was recorded and produced by Los Angeles producers/mixer/engineers Chris Johnson (Josh Todd, Evanesence) and Michael Parnin (Dug Pinnik, Steve Stevens). Our CD  ''We Are The Stars'' was recorded and produced by producer/mixer/engineer/songwriter Tommy Henriksen (Guitarist Alice Cooper).

​I give private drum lessons at Drum-Control in Grosshöchstetten

 Pat's Instrumenten Shop in Hasle-Rüegsau and Drumming Big D in Huttwil

Education:  

 

Musician's Institute Hollywood California

  • Percussion Institute of Technology

 Agostini Drum School Paris, Niederlassung Olten Switzerland

  • ​Diplom Supérieur

  • Diplom Pädagogik

                     

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