I was born and raised in Eagle Pass, TX, the place where the "yee-haw!" meets the "ole!" I began learning about music at the age of 5 years old in a small guitar group at church. This small-group guitar class sparked the fire that would grow to be the brightest light in my life. I began to play the saxophone in 7th grade in middle school. After graduating from Eagle Pass High School in 2005, I began my studies in music education as a saxophone student at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, TX in 2009.