I was born on November 8, 1935, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. I started to play the mouth organ when I was seven years old and music has been in my life ever since.
The big change came when my grandmother gave me a zither. This zither needed some repairs before I could play it, but by the time I was 14 years old I was taking lessons in Klautern, at Music Schaller. I am happy to say that this zither I first learned on is still with me. At around the same time I started my apprenticeship in carpentry.
In 1957 I left Germany and came to Canada. I settled down on Vancouver Island. I found work at the CPRC (Canadian Pacific Railway Company) making good use of my carpentry skills. Today I live in Banff.