I have been around music most of my life. My grandfather was in a barbershop quartet. My father played trumpet and my aunt played guitar. Family gatherings always had music. I began with the clarinet at a young age. I picked up the guitar as a teen and played my first show at age 14. The music continues.
I attended the UNCG School of Music in Greensboro, North Carolina and have taught guitar and bass locally for over 20 years. I was a member of the UNCG Jazz Ensemble and Greensboro Jazz Band. During my time at UNCG I studied both classical and jazz guitar with Mark Mazzatenta and Dr. John Salmon. I also attended a Master Class with Al Di Meola. Notable musicians I was fortunate enough to spend time with and who impacted me at UNCG were Jazz great Herb Ellis and the L.A. Guitar Quartet.
I have performed with more than ten local bands, seven of them being original projects. Everything from metal, progressive rock, funk, rock, jazz and blues, acoustic duo, trio, to a five piece full band. Metropolis, Messiah, Diggin Taters, and Benj-o-Matic were some of the most notable ones giving me the opportunity to open for such greats as Danzig, Soul Motor, Drivin N Cryin, Cowboy Mouth, Anthaneum, and many more. I performed in a Greensboro local band 90 Proof, which was voted 2nd Best Band in the Triad 2009 and in original band Substentz and Tragic Donna both with my wife, as lead vocalist playing original music from our CD as well. I recently completed my ninth CD, an all instrumental CD, called ‘Elements’ to be released fall of 2014.
My experience as a father and as a registered Greensboro, N.C. Guilford County School volunteer brings patience and an understanding in teaching to this field. “I wanted my children to have the best guitar teacher, that’s why we chose Greg.” Karen S., parent.