CJ is also currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Music Scoring for Visual Media at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, studying under Professor Larry Groupé.
Prior to pursuing this degree, he served as the director of bands at East Robertson Middle/High School in Cross Plains, TN. He served in this role from 2017 until 2020. In his time at East Robertson, the high school concert band earned numerous superior ratings, and was one of the smallest bands to ever be invited to Tennessee State Concert Festival, with only 15 student musicians.
From a young age, CJ was always inspired by music, taking four years of violin lessons starting at age six, followed by two years of piano lessons. At age twelve, he began teaching himself how to play drums. While in high school, he performed in a number of honor ensembles in middle Tennessee including the Curb Youth Symphony in Nashville, TN. In 2011 and 2012, he took private percussion lessons with professor Michael Holland through the Blair School of Music pre-college program at Vanderbilt University.
Following his passion, CJ went on to spend four years at the University of Tennessee at Martin, studying with Dr. Julie Hill, Dr. John Oelrich, Dr. Bill Waterman, Dr. Johnathan Vest, Dr. Dan Piccolo, Dr. Daniel Heagney, Dr. Joshua Smith, and many other esteemed faculty. In the spring of 2017, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.
Since 2009, CJ has been composing and arranging music and sound design for various ensembles, including over 50 different high school groups, various university ensembles, honor bands, drum corps, and 8-time WGI world-champion, Music City Mystique's front ensemble. His client reach extends internationally, as far as Guatemala.
In Summer 2014, CJ began his film and video game scoring career with the team from Toontown Infinite, a fan-made recreation of Toontown Online by Disney Interactive, as well as another fan-revamp of the MMORPG Free Realms Sunrise. He has also composed music for Flyover Zone with their virtual-reality Roman Chariot Racing game.
In addition to musical interests, he has been honing in his video editing skills starting in 2013, working for various organizations as a video production specialist, including The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music, The Percussive Arts Society, and other independent groups.