I've been a professional performer all my life. 40 years experience; inducted into Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame in 2002 for 10 year contribution to pioneering band Denny & the Tornadoes. Lead singer for the 50's powerhouse band The Whitesidewalls; played in national show band Hitz; many more. Dueling Pianos and Piano Bar since 1993.
Sales associate at the Music Connection in Edina, MN from 2004 on. We were a Yamaha Diamond dealer and carried the full line of Yamaha vertical and grand pianos. We supplied pianos for major concert venues with artists like Chick Corea, Nora Jones, Tony Bennett, and others.
While employed at Music Connection one of our staff piano tuners noticed that I had a talent for it, and I started training to be a piano tuner. A year later I enrolled in the Randy Potter piano technology course, a nationally recognized course. Between myself and one other tech we maintained the showroom floor of about 60 pianos, and took care of all the customer tunings that were included with new piano purchases. Also I became familiar with the Yamaha Disklavier system and eventually became a technician repairing the various player systems. When local player piano guru Don Barton retired I took over tuning and field service on the old pneumatic player systems.