Music Director and Organist
September 27th, 1970 was my first Sunday as organist for EJ Presbyterian Church. They had moved the service time to 9:30 in an effort to use organists from other churches. This worked well for me as I was playing for the BC Presbyterian Church off and on.
I attended CMU for 3 years as a music major. I decided I didn’t want to spend my life in a room full of adolescents armed with saxophones and drums, so I left college to work for my dad. Probably a mistake, but we live and learn.
I studied piano with August Huybrechts for 12 years throughout school. Bought a combo organ and joined a rock band in 1965. Played in a rock-fusion band in college. About the time I started as organist I got a call from The Epsilon Jass Band. I’m one of the last remaining members of that band. Also played with band leader Gary Carden out of Traverse City. Standard dance and swing bands. For the past 10 years I have been the musical director for the EJ Rotary show. I also was organist for the EJ Lutheran Church for 17 years while at First Presbyterian since their service is at 11:00. The new Hammond organ, the Yamaha Clavinova, and the 3 synthesizers have helped keep up with music technology.
Being organist for this church has been life-changing for me. I’m so thankful for all the wonderful people I have the privilege to know and experiences I’ve had here.
Hoping to make 50+ years of service.