Raised in the mid-western industrial town of Decatur, Illinois, Stan's musical beginnings were as a drummer in his high school jazz band. He studied drums and percussion from several local instructors who instilled the importance of practice and the art of finding the pocket. He and his fellow MacArthur High band members won numerous awards and accolades, including two Down Beat Magazine student recording "DeeBee" awards for best high school jazz band in 1981 and 1982. In '83 the band performed and recorded one of his songs, Spikes Rhumba.  After high school, Stan attended Illinois State University as a music composition major. He studied with the international award-winning composer Roque Cordero and jazz under James Boitos. During this period, he composed numerous classical and jazz compositions including a string quartet, brass quintet, piano trio, and several pieces for the jazz band. He also co-founded the ground breaking fusion band Abstract Notion.


After college, Stan moved from central Illinois to Minneapolis, MN. Shortly thereafter, he became involved in numerous recording projects. Working as co­-composer and keyboardist with international New Age harpist Marnie Jones, Stan's music propelled Jones' CD Divine Blush into Billboard's New Age chart in 1991. It reached number 19 and remained on the charts for 14 consecutive weeks. In the winter of 1991, Stan joined the band for Ingrid Chavez, protégé to Prince. During this period he was a heavily working studio musician performing on many recordings including a remix of the Commodores Brick House. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior completing another interest in science.


On Stan's first solo recording project, Distance, Stan channeled all of his eclectic musical experience into a uniquely stylistic recording. Included on the CD is a new version of Peter Gabriel's Mercy Street, enthusiastically approved by Mr. Gabriel. This CD was nominated by the Minnesota Music Academy for best instrumental recording of 1996. In 1998 he released his second CD Sweet which is a realization of years of research and determination to combine his two loves (paleontology and music) together in one inspired work.


Currently, he has immersed himself in writing music for film, jazz projects, solo projects, and keyboardist for the funk/rock band Blackfish.


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