I have studied under some of the best banjo players in the country: Tony Furtado, Tony Trischka, Don Wayne Reno, and Craig Smith, to name a few. I was able to meet these wonderful musicians while attending the Augusta Heritage Program held at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. It is a summer program broken into week-long segments that focus on different styles of music (blues, Celtic, bluegrass, and so on). If you are just beginning or even an advanced player, this program is definitely worth looking into because of the teachers and the opportunities it provides for you to learn new skills and collaborate with other musicians.
Most of my career has centered around Three Generations on Strings, a family band composed of my mother, Teia, who plays the upright bass, my grandmother, Erma, who plays the autoharp, and myself. Because of our small size, I play the banjo (3-finger style & frailing), guitar, and also sing lead. We have been performing together for almost fourteen years now and mostly play bluegrass/folk music along with some more contemporary songs, as well as a few originals. My compositions are ballad-like and usually inspired by my life and those around me.
Nowadays, my main project is heading the band ‘tyne & the fastlyne.’ We play out of State College, Pa and have been together for the past four years. This band is a departure from the styles I usually play with my family band because it centers around originals, progressive bluegrass, some covers, jazz, blues, and a lot more. Basically, it is a little bit of everything!