Derek has been playing guitar for over 30 years after falling in love with the instrument at age 11. Throughout his teenage years in North Carolina Derek played in various bands before moving to Atlanta Georgia.
In 1999 Derek attended the Atlanta Institute of Music where he developed a deep love of jazz and improvisational music. He spent 15 years in Georgia playing with a wide variety of groups including a 12-piece funk band, countless jazz combos, R&B, Rock Cover bands, and many more.
Now back in North Carolina, Derek has developed a reputation as one of Western North Carolina’s best guitar players. Be sure to check out the video section of the page to see him playing with various line-ups.