Influenced by his father, Derrick started playing Guitar and Trumpet at an early age. Growing up on a small farm, front porch jams consisted of Neil Young and Eagles songs, with a little George Strait sometimes mixed in. Beginning in the fifth grade, Derrick was in every school band, and although passionate for concert band, he began to shape his musical direction from the school pep band. A typical pep band set involved parents and alumni (some, professional musicians) sitting in right alongside kids. The sound of a full band and drummer playing “25 or 6 to 4” or “Saturday In The Park” was the main influence in his switch from Trumpet to Guitar as a main instrument. Still pursuing that sound, Derrick now has a degree from Missouri Western State University, studying Music and Music Technology. He has spent four years of dedicated Classical Guitar study under tremendous player Anthony Glise, and an equal four years of Commercial Guitar study under local great Jason Riley. Although still passionate for songwriting and performance, Derrick has shifted his focus to teaching in the last few years, trying to inspire and share a love for music with a new generation. He enjoys teaching all styles, ages, and levels with a goal of keeping it fun, making sure to everyone’s excited to keep coming back. Since growing up and leaving, Derrick still makes trips back to the farm to help his dad, making sure to leave time for a little fishing and the occasional Neil Young song.