With MEINL since:
December 29, 1972
Place of birth:
Currently living in:
Favorite MEINL cymbal:
Car that you currently drive:
2002 Toyota Camry - not an SUV guy - can fit the entire rig into my ride
Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:
Enjoy time with my daughters Milan and Elena, Shop and dine with my beautiful wife Christina, play with my chilhuahua Felipe, live and breath Denvers Broncos - will not take a gig or any other activity that conflicts with a Bronco's game
Green chile smothered fries from Chubby's - North Denver - MUST HAVE at 2am after the gig - I sleep better after having them
Absolut and cranberry juice - I sleep better after having it
Gary Sosias - gracias, hermano!
Highlight of your career so far:
Performing with Tito Puente
Listening, listening and listening
Drumming means to me:
Drumming is a gift and a craft that I will never lose respect for or take for granted. I've had to work hard to finally be able to perform at a certain level and cannot understand how so many naturally talented individuals are willing to disrespect their art by drug/alcohol abuse or lack of interest.
Advice for up and coming drummers:
Practice, prepare, professionalism and humility! Learn your parts, play for the professional - I've taken gigs away from more talented drummers who couldn't arrive to the gig on time and who didn't mark dates in their calendars/planners. Humility - there is always someone better than you. Everyone regardless of ability, can teach you something
How would you describe yourself:
Quiet and unassuming offstage but ready to kick ass once the tunes are counted off. I have a great sense of humor and will always try to find the funny side of any person and situation. I'm the first to laugh at myself and you also. But I also know when it's time to take care of business and take things seriously.
When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:
I'd like to think that I'll have made a positive contributions and will have made a difference in somebody's life.