Eric enjoyed music from a very young age. While his father was stationed in Germany, serving in the Air Force, at age 3, Eric chose a toy guitar out of any toy from the German toy store. By age 9, Eric started playing violin in school while living in Omaha, Nebraska. He became a member of the California State Old Time Fiddlers (CSOTFA) at age 13 and has been competing ever since. Eric is a Lifetime Member of CSTOFA Dist. 5 and its current president. Even while serving in the Marine Corps, Eric would find any opportunity he could to compete in a contest. In fact, he competed at the Western Open Fiddle Contest the day after graduating boot camp. Eric has won numerous California State Fiddle Championships: Men’s, Young Adult, Adult, and 2012 Open State Champion. Eric also placed 5th in the National Adult Division and is the 2017 CA State Picking Champion. Also, on guitar, he accompanies many contestants.
Eric is from Lincoln, CA and shares his enjoyment of music to all ages while teaching fiddle, guitar, and mandolin for the past 26 years and while performing with the Piney Creek Weasels (an Old-Time string band) and The Cripple Creek Band (a Southern Rock, Country and Americana style band). Eric has over 30 students and performs more than 50 shows a year.

Judging Philosophy: I like to hear fiddlers with a lot of drive, a smooth sound, their own style, and who make me want to tap my foot. I want to hear variations with very little repetition. I listen for intonation and rhythm/timing; these are so important. I enjoy an easy tune played well rather than one beyond someone’s ability.