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. He joined the White House Heritage High School band in White House, TN, and by his sophomore year became involved in many honor ensembles, including All-Midstate ensembles and the Curb Youth Symphony as a percussionist. 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 spent 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 30 different high school groups, various university ensembles, drum corps, 8-time WGI world-champion, Music City Mystique's front ensemble, including a recent commission by UT Martin for the 40th Annual UT Martin Honor Band Festival. 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.
In addition to musical interests, he has been honing in his skills in video making 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.