I have been playing the mountain dulcimer since my introduction to the instrument in May of 1999. My wife, Marti (or Poor Marti to some of you) and I were visiting with some friends from Minnesota in Shipshewana, Indiana where I purchased my first instrument on a “dare” by a Navy buddy’s wife. I bought it at Simple Sounds, Indiana – an all walnut McSpadden.

I attended my first dulcimer workshop/festival in January of 2000 (Kentucky Music week Winter Weekend). I have performed in various venues in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and West Virginia. I have also performed in Nursing Homes, churches, and AARP meetings and other events in the Hamilton/Oxford, Ohio area. I am the author of a 1-3-5 tab book entitled, “New” Old Hymns and have recorded a CD, entitled It’s About Time. I also have twelve other tab books available, ten of which are composed of copyrighted music.  Visit my Products page for a complete listing of the books and the tunes included in them.

On a more personal note, I was born in October of 1942. I graduated from Hamilton Garfield High School in 1960 and served in the U.S. Navy between 1960 -1963. I was aboard the USS Columbus (CG-12) for two years.  I hold a degree from the University of Cincinnati (1970). I worked at Procter and Gamble for 27 ½ years before retiring in 1998. I have also written several commentaries on various books of the Bible and have written two books documenting the lives of two WWII veterans.