Ken hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived in Arizona since 1998. Education includes bachelors and masters degrees in music education, performance, and conducting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Doctorate studies in music and jazz education were taken at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Additional jazz studies at Jamey Aerbersold and Stan Kenton clinic/camps enabled Ken to study jazz theory, composition, and performance with Dr. David Baker, Jerry Coker, Bobby Shew, Pat Harbison and Dan Haerle.
Ken currently serves the Arizona Music Educators Association as a certified adjudicator and clinician. He is available to school programs as an on-site program evaluator.