Bachelor in Music Education magna cum laude, Western Illinois University, Macomb, 1987. Master of Arts in School Improvement Leadership, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois, 2006.
Director music Greenfield Schools, Illinois, 1987—1990. Director bands Alwood Schools, Woodhull, 1990—1995, Herscher High School, since 1995. Marching, jazz, concert adjudicator, clinician numerous schools, Illinois, since 1990.
Volunteer firefighter Galva (Illinois) Fire Department, 1991—1995, Herscher Fire Department, 1995—2001. Member of Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Sherry Lynn LaPayne, May 23, 1987. Children: Nicholas David, Alexander Lucas.