Mom met Dad in the 40's while auditioning as a vocalist. He played sax in a swing band (see above photo). It was love at first sight.  They married, started a family and we moved from Omaha, NE to Tucson in the 50's. Tucson needed a surgeon and TMC's Doctors Band needed a tenor sax man.  The jazz sounds of the Great American Song book filled my head early on.  I started playing clarinet in grade school.       

 I married Susan, a foreign service officer's daughter, who lived down the street. Her father retired in Tucson to study the birds. We began courting at Palo Verde High School.  She loved dancing and song leading and I played in the marching and jazz bands. It was the 60's so like many others my age I started playing guitar and singing.  Upon graduation I attended NAU in Flagstaff.  I continued to play clarinet in the marching/concert bands while becoming immersed in the school's folk music scene.

     

After graduation, Susan and I married and moved to Flagstaff.  We worked odd jobs and I played in a local folk/rock band. After two years we put our belongings in storage  and spent 3 months camping across the country.  After this incredible adventure we came back to Flag, but needed to find real jobs and start family.  We packed up and moved back to Tucson.  

Fast forward 45 years.  The kids are grown, Susan still dances and we love sharing our music with you!

"The Birder's Daughter" original song about Susan's and my early courtship