Native Texan and currently tours the US and world with the legendary vocal group, The Four Freshmen. He started his musical career in early high school playing with Tejano groups, an original music formed in central and south Texas. He also appeared on several Tejano records in high school and played the Tejano Music Awards. Always a big fan of jazz, he then moved on to playing with various society and jazz groups in the area. He was a three time member of the Texas All-State jazz band, earning chairs 5th, 3rd and finally 1st his senior year. After he graduated high school, he went on to tour with the Russ Morgan Orchestra and Glenn Miller Orchestra, being the featured trumpet soloist in both groups.