Every morning I wake up and say to myself “I have the best job in the whole world!” It is truly wonderful to be a part of the creative and academic process at Rio School District. It is a dream come true to work alongside such talented visionaries and teach such wonderful students! When I was growing up there were no guitar oriented music programs in ANY schools. Now 40 years later I’m conducting a guitar orchestra at Rio Vista middle school. It is so exciting to see the guitar finally evolve into the schools!
I’m an artist in residence at Rio School District and travel to about five different schools each day to teach music. This ranges from junior high guitar ensemble, elementary school grades three through five and music for special-education. I also teach private music lessons at Guitar Planet in Ventura and I am owner/operator of the Ventura Guitar Academy.
Outside of Rio school District I’m involved in a couple of notable projects. First ,I’ve been working with Hekar Rivera (who is also an artist in residence in Rio School district) in the Rivera Sunnarborg Guitar/Violin duo for over two decades. We have won some of prestigious Awards for our collaborations with Ventura’s Rubicon Theater Company(Murder in the First, Driving Miss Daisy, Night of the Iguana and Romeo and Juliet).Mr. Rivera and I have perform in large variety of venues in the area. We are currently working on releasing their next recording late 2019.
In the spring of 2018, I joined the hard rock band Prima Donna Rising as lead guitarist. Currently, the band is enjoying international airplay and much cyber popularity. We perform live regularly at concert venues such as the Whisky a Go Go and The Canyon Club. We are delighted to have shared the stage alongside such international rock icons as Sweet, Kix, Black & Blue to name a few. Prima Donna Rising is in the process of recording our album at Artisan Sound Recorders in Los Angeles. It very exciting for us as we recording in the same recording studio where artists like Elton John, Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Eminem and David Lee Roth have created and recorded their multi platinum records.The band will tour North America and Europe next summer.