1963 (5-yrs old)
Practicing at home
Zvolen, Slovakia with Chief Warrant Officer Jaro Hrinak of the Slovakian Military Band 2001
Pianist / Organist
Fooling around during sound check and set-up with the USAF Band in Alaska - 1995
Mascoutah, Illinois - 2007
Young 2-striper (Airman 1st Class) USAF Band 1986 Langley AFB, Virginia
US Air Force Band at Langley AFB, VA
That’s me at the piano to the far left side
US Air Force Band – Langley AFB, Virginia - 1987
Croatia - One of my last European performances with the USAF Band - 2001
Visiting my first piano teacher
Elizabeth Cavallero - 2011
I have served as the full-time organist/pianist at Wesley United Methodist Church in Morgantown WV since November 2012. It is a large but friendly church downtown on High Street at the edge of the WVU campus. The 3-manual pipe organ was built by Wicks Organs of Highland IL, where I taught several piano students before we moved back to WV in 2008. Small world. There is also a very nice 7-foot Kawai grand piano. The church is full of talented musicians: Dr. Lya Stroupe is the Music Director and is a very talented pianist, and the 30-member choir itself has many trained musicians including John Hendricks, the Director of Bands at WVU and conductor of the WVU Wind Symphony. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is also a Hand Bell Choir and Praise Team. I look forward to many years of leading the congregation in music worship.
To see more of Wesley UMC: http://www.wesleymorgantown.org/ Hope to see you there soon!
At the organ – Wesley United Methodist Church
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10 Favorite Hymns of Central United Methodist Church – July 2012
In July 2012, the members of the congregation voted on their favorite hymns.
After selecting the hymns with the most votes, I researched the background of each hymn and composer.
Read a short background history on the 10 Favorite Hymns and the composers.
My MP3 Recordings
Selections from Undergraduate Piano Recital (WVU) 1980
Selection from Graduate Piano Recital (WVU) 1982
USAF Jazz Band – Langley Air Force Base, VA (1986-1988)
Here are selections off the CDs “Here’s One For You” and “6/8 Jazz”. I was the pianist on both CDs.
(This band is shown on the top of this page, on the 3rd photo from the left)
USAF TAC (Tactical Air Command) Band – Langley Air Force Base, VA (1988)
Here are selections from “Standard Bearers of Excellence”. I was pianist and percussionist.
USAF Band Of Mid-America - Scott Air Force Base, IL (2007)
After retiring, I was asked to be guest pianist for the recording of “Westward Sentinel”.
Westward Sentinel - Kim Archer’s tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the St. Louis Arch.
LIVING ROOM RAMBLINGS – Since one of my favorite past-times is just sitting at the piano and improvising gospel/sacred music, jazz classics, and other favorites, I decided to start recording and posting some of these impromptu interpretations. Nothing is written down, nothing is planned. I just click the "Record" button and see what happens. Hope you enjoy these informal performances. Check back as I add more in coming weeks/months.
From Mark Hayes' book of hymn arrangements: Sweet By and By
When I was at WVU from 1976-1983, I spent a lot of time at the home of a good friend and wonderful musician, Ann Custer (Mayle). Her parents, Aub and Dorie, treated all of Ann's friends like family. It must have been like "That 70's Show" when a group of us were there. Her mom (Dorie) especially liked the theme from the TV show "Taxi". Her parents have both passed on and I miss them both. Dorie - this one's for you!
Links to some favorite music videos on YouTube and mp3 recordings:
Johnny Costa - You will recognize the music as soon as he starts playing. He was the pianist for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Virtuoso pianist in the same league as Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. Incredibly imaginative!!
Gordon Mote – A truly gifted pianist who has been blind since birth. You see him frequently on Bill Gaither shows. I wish I could play like him!!!!
Ernie Haase and the Signature Sound – This group of young men is another standard fixture on Bill Gaither shows. Talented and energetic!
Ami Rushes – Great gospel singer. Pays tribute to Albertina Walker and Rev Timothy Wright.
Randy Travis – Famous for his country music, but he does this gospel song right with a small acappella group. Very moving!
Take 6 – A fantastic 6-member acappella vocal group. Christian music, pop music, jazz – they do it all! (Love the vocal bass lines!)
Biggest Part of Me (Old Earth Wind & Fire tune – done with band)
Tommy Emmanuel – Perhaps the greatest guitarist in the world! Watch the thumb picking the bass line underneath everything else!! Played on what looks like a pawn-shop guitar. Amazing!
Marc Cohn – Great songwriter who tells a story with each song. Here’s two of my favorites
Sting - Another great songwriter – very intricate harmonies and rhythms along with a story in each song. My favorite CD is “Ten Summoners’ Tales”
Munificent Seven - (Inspired by Yul Brynner and the “Magnificient Seven” – Follow the mixed 7/4 and 4/4 meters)
Bruce Hornsby - These are mp3 recordings (not videos). BH is another great storyteller and songwriter. Incorporates elements of jazz, pop, folk, gospel, and more.
He lives in Williamsburg VA and records in his basement. Listen closely to the words for a message in each song.
West Side Story (Various Artists) – (mp3 recordings) An incredible collection of the best musicians performing the music of Bernstein.