A dedicated musician of 24 years, Jeff has spent the
majority of his waking hours on music. His extensive professional
experiences on the electric, acoustic and classical guitars have given
him a rock solid foundation in which to confidently teach a variety of
Jeff's professional career began at
17 years old with his first band, "Drift". A hard rock band based in
his hometown of Williamson, New York, the band worked for 4 years in
clubs and parties around the Finger Lakes region.
During his tenure in Drift, Jeff enrolled in the Hochstein School
of Music, studying the classical guitar. His intense study of the
instrument continued for 4 years at the State University of New York at
Fredonia. While at Fredonia, Jeff studied under world renown guitarist
James Piorkowski. He also participated in master classes with Stanley
Yates, Jason Vieux, Paul Galbraith and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet.
His hard work at Fredonia earned him a Bachelors degree in Music
Performance. The classical guitar remains a vital part of his career
today along side his work on the electric guitar.
After a move to Atlanta in 2002, Jeff eventually made his way to
Nashville to audition for the nationally touring road band "Young
Guns". Immediately upon auditioning, he was given the lead guitarist
position and embarked on a 15 month tour of North America. With the
band, Jeff's playing focused on the Southern Rock and Modern Country
genres. The band became very successful and regulary played to packed
clubs around the U.S. His touring continued with Chace Roberts's (St.
Paul, Minnesota) 4 month farewell Summer tour. During this time, Jeff
opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and also took part in the
National Rodeo in Superior, Wisconsin.
nearly 2 years of non stop touring, Jeff returned to Georgia, and was
immediately offered the lead guitarist position for SCF Entertainment
(Atlanta, Georgia). This invaluable 6 year tenure gave Jeff the chance
to work with all of its "era tribute bands"; playing everything from
70's Funk to Pantera. Playing many clubs and private events, these 6
years truly solidified his skills on the electric guitar. Currently,
Jeff is lead guitarist for the high energy R&B act, the Answer Band.
As a full fledged classical guitarist, Jeff continues to
build a remarkable performing career. He regularly tours around the
U.S. , giving 25- 30 concerts annually. He has performed at numerous
historic venues such as the Snake River Heritage Center (Weiser,
Idaho), Kennedy - Douglas Center for the Arts (Florence, Alabama), Doss
Heritage Center (Weatherford, Texas) and J.P. Vaughn Hall (Montello,
Jeff is currently
available for weekly lessons in order to help you achieve your musical
aspirations. Lessons are available on the electric, acoustic and
classical guitars. Lessons focus on the personal goals of the student
along with musicianship and proper technique.