I was born and raised in the bay area and started playing drums at 9 years old. My early influences include Led Zeppelin, Fishbone, Grateful Dead, Metallica and the Beatles. I played in school bands, had a band of my own, and also played in a music school rock band. I studied music at San Rafael High School, playing in many school bands. I got really serious about practicing in high school, and would often practice 3-4 hours per day. Through these years my life was all about music, surfing and skateboarding. My junior year of high school I won a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for a summer intensive semester in 1993. This was an important turning point in my life as it was there I realized that I could pursue music professionally.
I moved to San Diego in 1994 to start my music degree at SDSU. As a music major, I studied Classical, Jazz, World, and Percussion based music. Through my college years I played lots of gigs all over the U.S. Things started to really pick up quickly and I toured the States and Mexico with The B-Side Players. I graduated from SDSU in 2000 with a BA in Music.
In 2003, I was invited to join Slightly Stoopid. We have toured very consistently ever since. We have 10 studio albums, a couple live albums, and a large fan base all over the world. I am still a full-time member of the band, and have really enjoyed the ride. We have been to just about every city U.S., Japan, Australia, Brazil and all over Europe.
I am married with two beautiful daughters and live in the La Costa area of Carlsbad.
I am happy to be involved with the Rios Music Project. I have been a family friend of Julie Chambers since childhood. She has created something special for the kids, to show them the many benefits of musical study with a smile! Music has been a huge part of my life and I'm glad that I can share my knowledge with the kids in a positive environment.