Ed discovered the clarinet at the age of 11, after four years of piano lessons. He thought that playing one note at a time would be much easier than struggling to play multiples with each hand. What he failed to consider was that he would have to use most of his fingers, his lips, tongue, throat, ears, and lungs for every note. Nevertheless, he was hooked, reveling in the sound of the clarinet and how well it resonates inside his head.
Ed studied with Clarinetist Virginia Wright of Shell Beach in his teenage years, and benefitted greatly while working with Orlando Tognozzi in small groups from 2001 through 2015.
In addition to Beethoven and Friends, Ed plays with the Sacramento Chamber Music Workshop, and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra, playing clarinet and bass clarinet. He also serves as the Orchestra’s President.
In the non-musical realm, Ed is an officer and Board Member of 13th Avenue Funding, a non-profit that seeks means to fund college students without burdening them with debt. He is also the Public Member of the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board.