Born and raised in Southern Alberta I have an absolute love, appreciation, and connection to the prairie landscape, horizons, space, simplicity, and the blue-blue prairie sky. During the years I attended the University of Lethbridge, in which I earned my Bachelor of Music (Clarinet Performance) and Bachelor of Music Education degrees, the University was relatively small in size and afforded one many opportunities. My main teacher during this time was Peggy Mezei. While taking a gap-year before pursing my Master of Clarinet Performance, I studied at Mount Royal University with Jocelyn Colquhoun, Assistant Principal Clarinetist at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
During the summers from 1989-1993 I worked in Ottawa playing clarinet in the Ceremonial Guard Band. The Ceremonial Guard is part of the Canadian Reserve, and was instrumental in the development of self, and learning the importance of discipline, structure, and team-work. Aside from performing the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on Parliament Hill at 10:00 am each morning, the Ceremonial Guard Band was also involved with performing for Heads of State which included the Queen Mother, the Queen, Presidents of countries such as Russia and Iceland, the opening of the Museum of Natural Civilization in Gatineau Quebec, and other duties fitting for a military band. My affinity for Ottawa was cemented at this point in time, although it took many years for me to make Ottawa my home.