About myself

  • 1958 – born in Demmin (north eastern Germany)

  • with 12 I joined the school orchestra to learn how play the clarinet

  • 1975  I moved to Jena (Thuringia) to become an optician

  • November 1977 – April 1979 – I had to join the army

  • 1980 – I got an offer to play tenor banjo with the Jenaer Dixielanders for one year

  • 1981 – I got my first 5-string banjo, brand: Musima

  • 1982 – 1984 I started founding my first band

  • Dec.12, 1984 – first official performance of the Fox Tower Bluegrass Band

  • July 1988 – I became a freelanced musician

  • Nov.9, 1989 the Berlin wall fell – the world was open

  • August 1991 – the Fox Tower Bluegrass Band decided to have a break

  • 1992 – my first trip to the USA – I took part in the Tennessee Banjo Institute

  • 1996 – my first US Tour (with Andy's Breakdown)

  • 1997 – the Fox Tower Bluegrass Band was back on stage

  • 1998 – first US Tour of the Fox Tower Bluegrass Band, I got my Nechville Nextar Galaxy Banjo and play it ever since

  • 1999 – We received the Best of Texas Award as the best international bluegrass band

  • 2004/5 – I work as a translator for an American E-book company

  • since 2005 – I write crime novels and short stories – some are published as ebooks and print books

  • 2014 – the first children story about the koala albino girl Pinky Flee was published and the children shows about her started – a CD will be released at the end of November

  • 2010 – I was conducted in the “Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame” in Iowa, USA

  • besides Germany so far I have toured half of Europe, Australia, Mexico and several time the US
  • to be continued

Projects I have also played or I'm still playin with:

  • Fox Tower Bluegrass Band
  • Greenhorn
  • Andy's Breakdown
  • Lady Sou & Mister Banjo
  • Sunny Dogs
  • Tuttinelli - Jazz for Kids
  • several programs for children


A list of non German musicians I have toured with:

  • Steve Kaufman – USA
  • Beppe Gambette – Italy
  • Chuck Hughes – USA
  • Stefano Santangelo – Italy
  • Roberto Dalla Vecchia – Italy
  • Algirdas Klova – Lithuania
  • Jiri Kralik – Czech Republic
  • Ross Nickerson – USA
  • Judy Coder – USA