I was born and raised in San Mateo, California, where I currently live with my wife and daughter. I teach guitar and bass full time and play professionally. My parents owned and ran the Crestmont Conservatory of Music here in San Mateo and were both piano teachers, so I grew up around music. I started playing guitar at seven and by the time I was thirteen, I was in my first performing band. I started teaching at the age of eighteen and have been teaching and performing ever since.