About Kit

Education: childhood and adolescence

Public schools through high school. (3.5+ GPA) Excelled in all areas of particular interest.

Piano lessons with Maryhelen Garoutte (mom) as a child. String bass, recorder, chorus in grade school. Trumpet & baritone horn with Burgess Crandall, and continual self-motivated guitar studies of the playing and music of John Fogerty, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Keith Richards, Alvin Lee, B.B. King, Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, Mason Williams, Terry Kath, Glen Campbell, Chet Atkins, and many more while in junior high and high school.

Poetry with Betty Ragsdale in high school, leading to songwriting efforts inspired by Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, David Gates, John Mayall, Rod Stewart, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and many more.

Years of daily exposure through childhood and adolescence to classical, broadway and adult contemporary popular music through the playing and listening of my mom, via composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the playing and conducting of a variety of great artists and performers like Sinatra, Isaac Stern, Rubinstein, Leonard Berstein, Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin’s In The Field, and so on, leading to an interest in composition in a wide variety of styles.

Education: adulthood

B.S. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Art & Business at Eastern Oregon University.

Continual self-motivated studies of composition and songwriting and performance of an ever-evolving variety of artists and folk, rock, rhythm & blues, blues, jazz, country, funk, pop, indie, experimental, traditional, bluegrass, old-timey, classical, neo-classical and other styles.

Studies on guitar with Larry Adair, Marv Lundblade, John Stowell.

45+ years playing in bands of all sizes, duo pairings and as a solo artist.

30+ years of teaching guitar, bass and ukulele.

References and testimonials

Many of the performers I have performed, recorded, or shared a stage with (and I have learned and been influenced by them all) (listed alphabetically by last name):

  1. Larry Adair
  2. Cheryl Alex
  3. Steve Alford
  4. Julie Ameci
  5. Ron Arelleno
  6. Phil Baker
  7. Michael Bard
  8. Bill Beach
  9. Noah Bell
  10. Dan Bickmore
  11. Andre Billingsley
  12. Denny Bixby
  13. Diana Blackmon
  14. Julie Blenn
  15. Josh Bogle
  16. Dan Boller
  17. Clark Bondi
  18. Ben Bonham
  19. Kelly Bosworth
  20. Billy Bradford
  21. Danny Breeden
  22. Ken Brewer
  23. Derek ‘DJ’ Brown
  24. Malcolm Brown
  25. Lex Browning
  26. John Bryan
  27. Richard Burdell
  28. Chris Burzio
  29. Rob Busey
  30. David Captein
  31. Jeff Carrell
  32. Brian Casey
  33. Scott Casey
  34. Dennis Castanares (Alonzo Garbanzo)
  35. Jana Castanares
  36. Steve Christofferson
  37. Cody Christopherson
  38. Brian Clark
  39. Howard Clarke
  40. Kip Clarke
  41. Greg Close
  42. Robert Collins
  43. Barney Connolly
  44. Katelyn Convery
  45. Nancy Cook
  46. Matt Cooper
  47. Al Criado
  48. Phil Craver
  49. Charles Crosman
  50. Mike Cross
  51. Geoff Curtis
  52. Mark Daley
  53. Dan Davis
  54. Danny Davis
  55. Earl Davis
  56. Kevin Deitz
  57. Ed Dietrich
  58. Rick DiGiallonardo
  59. Alexa Dill
  60. Bob Dill
  61. Moe Dixon
  62. Larry Dodge
  63. Doc Doolittle
  64. Kerry Dougherty
  65. Pat Driver
  66. John Durkan
  67. Casey Dyer
  68. Tim Ellis
  69. Bob Evans
  70. Chuck Everett
  71. Mark Evilsizer
  72. Ed Feeley
  73. Nancy Ferdinandsen Shelgren
  74. Buddy Fite
  75. Ann Fleming
  76. Kay Floria
  77. Rick Francis
  78. John Frazee
  79. John Fresk
  80. Scott Frost
  81. Marge Gale
  82. Jean-Pierre Garau
  83. Joe Garoutte
  84. Maryhelen Garoutte
  85. Megan Garoutte
  86. Suzy Garoutte
  87. Dave Gauthier
  88. Greg Georgeson
  89. Steve Goss
  90. Neil Grandstaff
  91. Tom Grant
  92. Les Gray
  93. Frank Griffith
  94. Terry Gregory
  95. Mike Grodner
  96. Zac Grooms
  97. Frank Gruner
  98. Eric Hailstone
  99. Matt Hamilton-Sutherland
  100. Al Hare
  101. Nolan Hare
  102. Karla Harris
  103. Gary Harris
  104. George Harrison
  105. Linda Hart
  106. Travis Hendricks
  107. Peter Hensbeck
  108. John Higgins
  109. Avery Hill
  110. Dusty Hill
  111. Jeff Homan
  112. Troy Hooper
  113. Linda Hornbuckle
  114. Ted Horwitz
  115. Rick Hulet
  116. Fred Ingram
  117. Ferguson Jenkins
  118. Aaron Judah
  119. David Kahl
  120. Logan Kalsch
  121. Marilyn Keller
  122. Heather Keizer
  123. Sonny King
  124. Tracy Klas
  125. Mike Klinger
  126. Mike Klobas
  127. Lisa Knox
  128. Jay Koder
  129. Jon Koonce
  130. Jake Kot
  131. Larry Krall
  132. Mel Kubik
  133. Carlton Jackson
  134. Mark Jeleniewski
  135. Karen Johnson
  136. Victor Johnson
  137. Gary Lacey
  138. Doug Lewis
  139. Margaret Linn
  140. Matthew Lotz
  141. Catherine Loyer
  142. Marc Lundblade
  143. Jay Lundell
  144. Jim MacIntosh
  145. Lester MacFarland
  146. Al MacLeod
  147. Doug MacLeod
  148. Scott Maitland
  149. John Malarkey
  150. Mike Mallory
  151. Curtis Marquardt
  152. Guy Maxwell
  153. Jose Maya
  154. Char Mayer
  155. Tim Mayer
  156. John Mazzacco
  157. Ryan McAlexander
  158. Kerry McCoy
  159. Terry McCoy
  160. Brian McDonald
  161. Peggy McKenna
  162. John McKinnon
  163. Kirk McShane
  164. Rick Meyer
  165. Bruce Michaelis
  166. Gordie Michaels
  167. Lindsey Michelet
  168. Donnie Miller
  169. Mark Miller
  170. Ronnie Miller
  171. Steve Miller
  172. Jeff Minnick
  173. Jeff Minniwether
  174. Sheila Miranda
  175. George Mitchell
  176. Pat Monihan
  177. Jeff Moore
  178. Tim Moses
  179. Willis Moss
  180. Dean Mueller
  181. Don Mumford
  182. Frank Murray
  183. Nolan Murray
  184. Amber Nelson
  185. Lisa Nelson
  186. Bill Nielson
  187. Mike Nokes
  188. Polly Norris
  189. Jack Norwood
  190. Gary Ogan
  191. Kenny Olsen
  192. Tim Ortlieb
  193. Dan Ostermann
  194. John Owen
  195. Burrell Palmer
  196. Laddie Parker
  197. Theo Patterson
  198. Diana Pearson
  199. Curtis Perry
  200. Freddie Pierce
  201. Larry Pindar
  202. Joe Plass
  203. Dan Presley
  204. Chic Preston
  205. Peter Price
  206. Jimmy Lloyd Rae
  207. Max Rees
  208. Matt Reilly
  209. Wayne Richards
  210. Johnny Riley
  211. Lynda Lybeck Robinson
  212. Bob Roden
  213. Brent Rogers
  214. Grant Roholt
  215. Brian Rose
  216. Mike Ruckman
  217. Clark Salisbury
  218. Caitlin Sampson
  219. Murray Sampson
  220. Ann Sanders
  221. Phil Santilli
  222. Leslie Saunders
  223. Roger Sause
  224. Steve Sause
  225. Danny Schauffler
  226. Mark Schneider
  227. Tim Schneider
  228. Alyssa Schwary-Mcdonald
  229. Victor Sharpe
  230. Alex Simpson
  231. Boyd Small
  232. Joe Smart
  233. Aaron Smith
  234. Bruce Smith
  235. Randy Smith
  236. Steve Snyder
  237. Esperanza Spalding
  238. Mike Spicer
  239. Dan Steuber
  240. Chris Stewart
  241. Fred Stickley
  242. Mike Stillman
  243. Mark Storch
  244. John Stowell
  245. Tom Stroud
  246. Bob Stull
  247. Mike Swan
  248. Ted Swenson
  249. Tobin Swick
  250. Carla Thomas
  251. Dana Tickner
  252. Dean Torrence
  253. Tom Tucker
  254. Lisa Tyack
  255. Les Vaughn
  256. Ken Venutolo
  257. Jeff Ward
  258. Jimmy Washington
  259. Scott White
  260. Damon Whittemore
  261. Dennis Williams
  262. Jack Williams
  263. Kerry Williams
  264. Craig Wilson
  265. Sandin Wilson
  266. Lynn Winkle
  267. Mike Winkle
  268. Jeff Wold
  269. Mark Womble
  270. Lee Wuthenow
  271. Michael York
  272. Ray York
  273. Jenny Young
  274. Madi Young
  275. Shawn Yub Yu
  276. Corey Zinger
  277. Seth Zowader

…and so many more.