I got started in music at the age of 7 with 6 weeks of free accordion lessons. While in college, I played at Knott’s Berry Farm after my father saw an ad in the newspaper, "Wanted - Accordion Player". After graduating, I added electronic keyboards. I met Tony Carinio through a 3 x 5 card on a bulletin board. We toured as “Free and Easy” for several years throughout the Midwest with Holiday Inns.
I formed "The Associates" with Gordon Powers and Paul Reed 1976. Gordon has retired and Mick Waller joined us in 2010. We’ve played for clubs, cruise ships, hotels, country clubs, and private parties all over Southern California.
Adrian Tapia joined us a few years ago and has been a tremendous asset to the band. He's a huge talent and we're very lucky to have him.