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I'm originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma where I grew up in a musical family, spanning the genres of classical, western swing and metal...lots and lots of Scandinavian death metal. I've been playing concert percussion since age 10, performing in various wind and percussion ensembles with a strong interest in marimba. Most recently I played in a Japanese taiko ensemble, beating large drums and my non-existent muscles around the NYC metro area. I traveled to Bali in 2018 and after seeing a gamelan performance, knew immediately that I needed to find an ensemble to join. I'm a Creative Project Manager at Stash, a financial services platform where I diligently toil during the day and then play drums in a very loose jam band with coworkers after hours. I'm new to Gamelan Dharma Swara but super excited to find a new musical home.