First things first, I am a child of God and I live everyday in the knowledge of that I am loved and redeemed. Since I have this love in my heart, I live my life in a way that reflects it. I have a huge passion for people and creating meaningful relationships with them. If I could state one thing that shines light on my philosophy of life, it is the following verse from the Bible; Micah 6:8 says, "He has shown thee, Oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of thee. To love justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." My goal is to live a life in service of other people. Every person is so unique and special, it would be a shame for me to skimp out on being a friend to all! As I have looked at my life, I have tried to determine the best way I can help people and have come to the conclusion that I can do this through music. I have been blessed with musical gifts and understanding and want to turn those gifts around to help other people.
Since I have such a love for music and people, I have decided that the best degree to study would be music education where I can do both. I grew up playing the piano and primarily play the clarinet. I've picked up a couple other instruments along the way such as the saxophone and tuba. Another thing that people should know about me is that I have huge passion for bluegrass music, thus I learned to play the banjo, harmonica, and a couple other acoustic instruments so I could participate and not just listen. Bluegrass and being outdoors go hand in hand, which leads me say that I am also a huge outsdoorsman. I would much rather be outside in the middle of nowhere than in any building. A couple of my favorite outdoors activities include camping, hamocking, fishing, playing various sports, and simply sitting by a fire or a front porch with a hot cup of coffee. It's good to note that I am also a big time coffee lover. I drink my coffee black but am beginning to experiment with other forms of drinking it. I prefer pour over coffee now and love finding new ways to make the best Cup of Joe!
The most important part of my life is my family and the friends I have made along my journey of life so far. I'm the second child in a family with six kids. I have one older sister, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. My family is extremely close and we are all the best of friends. We're hard to separate and would gang up against anyone who tried to hurt us. I'm fortunate to have to loving parents who have gone to extreme measures to help us all grow up and move on with a successful life. I am so fortunate to have grown up with them. My family is from Hutchinson, KS where we have lived for the last 20 years now.
I have made made so many amazing friends in my life so far. Music has lead me all over the United States and I have performed with tons of people. To describe all my friends would be difficult because their are so many! I'd say, this is a pretty good problem to have.
If you every can't get a hold of me, I'm probably outside doing something stupid that could get me put in the hospital. I'd have it no other way. Life is really fun.
"He has shown thee, Oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of thee. To love justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."