A little about me (so that you know I am a real person and not a spammer!)
I am a Sarasota FL native and grew up during the 60s & 70s in Sarasota, as well as a few short jaunts in other states along the way.
I've been involved in music the majority of my life, playing the piano as a child, then playing the tuba since 1973 (or 74) through present day.
I attended Booker and Riverview High School and graduated in 1979.
I served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1979 until 1991, whereupon I returned home to Sarasota. I served as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman, Rifle Range Coach, and spent over 10 years in the music field as a tubist and electric bassist. Upon my Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps in 1991, I returned to Sarasota where I performed music avidly as a tubist by night and worked during the day. I left Sarasota in 2009 for Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota to have new experiences and adventures in my life, as well as musically and photographically.
During my career as a Marine, I found photography to be a hobby that has grown into a passion and drives me as much as music does. I am currently a student of photography pursuing a degree in photography and a degree in Digital Imaging Technology, my midlife do-over.
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The things I like most about the Sarasota/Manatee area
Sarasota is my hometown. This is my mother's and late uncle's hometown. My family has been a part of Sarasota since the 1930s. My roots are here.
Growing up in Sarasota in the 60s and 70s holds special meaning for me in the spirit of community, downtown was a safe place to grow up and hang out. I had many significant firsts here; my first (under age) beer, first kiss, first girlfriend, one of the first members of the (then) new Booker High School Band in the 70s. I chose the tuba as my instrument of choice (or did it choose me?). I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps here in Sarasota.
The history and growth of Sarasota is colorful, full of wonderful experiences, and amazing personalities. For me, it was always a place full of wonder, amazement, and great friends and family. Some members of my family have been involved with Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey's Circus back in the 50s.
I am one of Sarasota's native sons. I was brought into the world here and now that we have the Sarasota National Cemetery, I will be interred here, bringing my life as a Sarasotan full circle.