I was born in Olympia, Washington on February 13th, 1990 to Steve and Kerry Kirsch. My interest in music came from both my mother and father. My mother is a very gifted piano player who loved to play Beatles and Scott Joplin tunes on the piano when I was growing up. My father loved music as well. He grew up on the hard rock music of the 70’s and 80’s and introduced that to me at a young age. He also played the guitar and showed me my first chords.
When I was in the 5th grade, I joined the school band as a percussionist. After convincing my mom to buy me a drum-set, I practiced constantly. I stayed in the school band, performing in many ensembles such as the percussion ensemble, the jazz band, and the marching band, until I graduated high school.
Not long after I picked up the drums, I began playing the guitar. The guitar was just a hobby for me at first. Drumming was such at academic endeavor that I liked playing the guitar just for fun. That is how my guitar playing continued until I was 16.
In 2006, I was invited to attend a church service by a friend. The pastor said that the church was looking for musicians. The next week, I brought my guitar to my first rehearsal with the church band and continued to play with them until 2010.
I graduated high school in 2008 and applied to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. I was hoping to study jazz guitar. I auditioned and was not accepted, so I decided to attend South Puget Sound Community College and work on an AA degree until I figured out what to do next.
Berklee had always been a dream of mine but I did not think I was good enough to get in. I decided to apply and audition anyway. I figured that I wouldn’t get in, but at least I could say that I tried. Much to my surprise, I was accepted and began studying at Berklee College of Music in the summer of 2010.
Since starting at Berklee, I have led a very active musical life. I currently perform in a country/rock group backing a very talented singer named Shannon Selig. Since I joined the band in late 2011, we have played gigs in Boston, MA, Nashville, TN, and have begun working on a full-length album due out in early June 2012.
Experience & Education
Guitarist/Vocalist for Hershey EntertainmentMay 2011 to August 2011 (3 months)
Sang lead and background vocals, and played electric and acoustic guitar in a live country music show at Hershey Park called Frontier Frenzy.
Private Guitar/Bass Instructor for Self-Employed2008 to 2010 (over 2 years)
Taught weekly private guitar and bass lessons to students ranging from age 8 to age 55.
Musician/Arranger/Bandleader/Guitar Instructor for Capital Christian Center2007 to 2010 (over 3 years)
-Unpaid Position- Played guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards as needed for weekend worship services. Transcribed and arranged songs for weekend services. Taught weekly guitar workshops. Led band for rehearsals and weekend services.
Sales Staff for Music CentersMay 2006 to April 2010 (about 4 years)
Sold musical instruments and accessories at the Olympia, WA location.
BA in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music2010 to 2013 (3 years)
in at South Puget Sound Community College2008 to 2010 (2 years)
in at A.G West Black Hills High School2004 to 2008 (4 years)