Contact info;Phone-201-573-6000ext.5931 anytime/leave a message (Best to call between 7:00am and 3:00pm Mon. thru Fri.)Mailing Address- Park Ridge H.S.2 Park Ave.Park Ridge, N.J. 07656
Dear parents, students, and colleagues,I would like to share some personal information about my background, professional experience, hobbies, and interests. I was born in the Bronx, N.Y. and lived there till I was twelve. My family moved to Bergenfield, N.J. where I attended Middle and High schools playing saxophone and percussion. I marched with the World Champion Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp. in the late 1960’s.In High School, I played Varsity basketball, baseball, ran cross country, was in the marching and concert bands, orchestra, choir as well as a member of the student council. I attended Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1968 to 1972 majoring in music. I was a member of the Fairleigh Dickinson Division I basketball team. I performed with various faculty and student-run music ensembles throughout college.From 1973 till 1982 I was on the road performing six nights a week to thousands of fans with the band “Friends”. As a serious musician, I have studied percussion and saxophone privately throughout my life with world-renowned musicians and teachers. My advanced degrees were earned at Kean, William Paterson , and Walden Universities.In 1964 I joined my first Rock band “The Chandells” who became “The Colony” in 1966. The Chandells and The Colony played on national television and stayed together as one the top New Jersey bands till 1972. In 1973 I joined the band “Friends” who toured the east coast playing five or six nights a week at the biggest and most prestigious venues including The Stone Pony, Glen Island Casino, Royal Manor, Detroit, OBI, Capital Theatre, and Hammerheads as well as every major college and university on the East Coast. Friends played to crowds of two to four thousand people on a regular basis, opened for world-famous acts and could be heard on the radio, the band broke up in 1982.I taught music in Bergenfield from 1983 to 1985 as well as coached varsity basketball and softball. I came to Park Ridge in 1986 as the instrumental music teacher at West Ridge, the Middle and High schools. I began the Marching Band 1986 and coached girl’s varsity basketball and softball till 1992. I retired from coaching but continue to direct the Marching Band. I am a member of the Park Ridge Hall of Fame.I presently play professionally with the “HBO Orchestra” on a regular basis as well as record and teach privately. I am an avid collector of rare old drums which I use, music memorabilia, autographs, sports collectibles, and stamps.