After 2 years of gigging around Western PA, upstate New York, West Virginia and Ohio, I realized that music was really going to be my life. Since the band was changing members every 6 months, I finally decided to get really serious and go to music school. I opted for The Berklee College of Music in Boston and enrolled there in 1974. To this day, that first semester was a defining moment in my musical life. I studied piano with James Williams and studied arranging and composition with Ted Pease. My improvisation teacher was Tom Anastos and it was a wonderful musical experience. Music classes all day, gigging all night and living in Boston.
After music school, my plan was to go to Los Angeles and try my hand at film scoring, but I liked Boston so much I stayed there for 15 years! I worked various jobs to pay the bills and ended up at Bose Corporation, where I was the recording engineer for all of their worldwide marketing efforts from 1979 until 1981. In 1981, I felt the "tug" of entrepreneurship and ventured out on my own as a recording studio owner. By 1985, I moved a small 8 facility outside of Boston into the the heart of the advertising and creative community in Boston on Newbury Street in the Back Bay.
The main recording studio in Boston. That's a reconditioned Steinway in a 25' by 40' room. The room gave great drum sounds and in addition to my music, the studio played host to sessions for all the major Boston advertising agencies, corporations and publishing companies. We also recorded bands for the Ace Of Hearts label and did the original demo for the Pixies. It was a 16 track, 2 inch analog studio that also featured a 1 inch Ampex VPR80 video deck for mix-to-picture work.Studio owner by day, gigging musician by night. That's me playing keyboards in my band, "Bridge". We charted in New England and had a great time playing the club scene.
After running a studio for 10 years and recording just about every kind of music and sound you can think of, it was time for a return back to my roots. I taught at my alma mater, Berklee College of Music, from 1987 until 1989.
In 1989, I divested the studio and moved to London. I used the time there to rediscover my musical passion and made plans to get back into music as a composer of songs and film music. In 1993 I moved to Los Angeles to seek out those opportunities. I have a project studio in Los Angeles, Kowal Music and I have established my own publishing company, Titusville Publishing to license my songs and music. I finish my latest project, Songs of Love and Devotion, February 2003.