I was born on August 1, 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (and spent a short span of my early childhood in Kandy, Sri Lanka), but have lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of my life.  After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and received my Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in clarinet performance.  After graduation I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where I taught middle school orchestra for three years, but I have now moved back to Ohio.