I started playing and taking lessons in 1974 and then started playing in a band in 1975, so I’ve been playing bass for 30+ years. My Dad made me go to the church youth group when I was a kid. It happened that the guys in the group had a band and they needed a bass player. I had a bass.
My first bass was a Univox. It was an okay bass but I didn’t have an amp. So for $50 I bought this little amp that I proceeded to blow up because I had it cranked to 11 all the time. After that we would buy cheap amps and Radio Shack 15” bass speakers and make our own cabs. We went through a lot of amps and cabs around this time. That’s probably why I am such a gear head now.
I don’t remember the name of the first band, but it eventually became Pilgrim (named from a Wishbone Ash album). We did high school dance and battle-of-the-band type gigs. We were pretty awful, but it was fun. The keyboardist helped me out a lot with learning bass notes and parts. I also took lessons from Paul Huelsing who really taught me more of the notes and scales, but I probably learned the most playing in my first band than anything else.
It’s been a long journey, lots of good times, some bad times. I’ve met a lot of great people and a lot of big egos. I’ve experienced lots of different musical situations and styles. Playing bass has taken my music and me around the world. So many of my tapes and CD’s have gone all over, including South America, Japan, Asia and Europe. I have toured around the US and Canada. That is something to be proud of.
I would like to say a special thank you to all the people who made this site, my CD, and my long career possible.