Al was born in New Orleans and started playing piano at age 8, then switched to violin at age 10. He received classical violin training from a member of the Dallas Symphony's 1st violinists, for 8 years. Having been a violinist in all his school's orchestras including the Dallas's "DalHi" honors city orchestra, and "MENTA" national honors winning orchestra from Bryan Adams High school in 1970, and the "Irving Civic Symphony" in 1973. Having joined the U.S.Navy as a Missile FireControl Technician, was asked to be a member of the U.S.Navy Seventh Fleet Navy Band, onboard his 1st ship, the U.S.S. Oklahoma City (CG-5), performing all over the west pacific area for 3.5 years, including the Sydney Opera House. Having returned stateside for duty on his 2nd ship, U.S.S. Norton Sound, Aegis Missile System test development ship, began playing bluegrass, country, cajun, and jazz in southern california, by age 20. Since 1981, Al has been in demand locally and regionally, from the DFW metroplex area, for his fiddle, bass, and tenor guitar talents, including having appeared on the Grand Ole Opry 5 times. Having a great "ear", Al is also an excellent sound man and has run sound for many top country artists. Currently, Al has been busy performing in various genre bands and is a sought after "Computer Geek".