Peter was born in sunny southern California but only spent his first four years living with his parents in Whittier. His childhood was spent in Lubbock Texas, Ada Ohio, Greenville and Erie Pennsylvania.
He took to music at a young age enjoying sitting next to his mom on the piano bench while she practiced. At eight years old he began piano lessons and at ten started taking trombone lessons and playing in the school band. He excelled in the band and was 1st chair 1st trombone. He also learned to improvise and play in the stage band and even was accepted to summer high school jazz camp at Eastman School of Music.
Outside of school he started to perform professionally at thirteen with the Dale Higgins Big Band. He also performed with The Erie Mavericks Drum and Bugle Corps, the Erie Playhouse Orchestra, and the Erie Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra.
After graduating with honors from Strong Vincent High School, he was accepted as a music major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He excelled in his studies and achieved 1st chair in all university ensembles. Outside of the University he was selected to join the 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston Massachusetts and spent two summers touring the US and competing in the DCI national championships. This group received many honors and was even asked to perform at the 1980 winter Olympics in Lake Placid NY.
After receiving his degree in music education he immediately was accepted to substitute teach in all of Erie county. He also taught summer band camps and had numerous private students. He also gave low brass clinics at many area high schools and was an assistant band director at McDowell HS. Along with teaching he performed in many local groups including big bands, jazz combos, concert bands, blues bands, top forty cover bands and show bands.
In the 1980’s the economy started to have problems in the area (the rust belt). He and some friends decided to relocate to the Tampa Bay area. He immediately started performing in show bands and various jazz groups as well as teaching private lessons. He also started working for a local music store and later was asked to join their jazz ensemble and perform in the stores jazz nightclub on a regular basis.
After the club closed he was asked to join the Derby Lane Big Band which performed six days a week for six months of the year. This historic big band, which was part of the Derby Lane Dog Track, performed continuously since the 1920’s. During the off-season he auditioned for Pro Ship Entertainment and was offered a contract with Celebrity Cruise Lines. After completing the contract he continued to perform at Derby Lane until the big band was dismantled due to financial reasons.
He then started working for Renaissance Cruise lines and was promoted to musical director. While working a contract in Tahiti he met his future wife who is from Portugal. He later moved to Portugal and began performing with numerous jazz and pop groups around the country. He now lives there with his wife and son and has retired from performing, and is now concentrating on his writing career.https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js