Colorado-based bluegrass banjoist. Dusty grew up in rural upstate New York, and studied music education at the Crane School of Music, playing bass trombone under the tutelage of Dr. Mark Hartman, in addition to studying composition. While in college, Dusty traveled to Alaska, where he helped form his first bluegrass project, High Lonesome Sound. Through that project, Dusty was presented with opportunities for public performance on the banjo, culminating in an appearance at a banjo competition where he took first place on three-finger style and clawhammer.
Dusty teaches beginner through advanced classes on the banjo for adults and kids. With three Bluegrass Camps for Kids under his belt, Dusty has also taught at Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Workshop in British Columbia, and co-taught a band workshop with a middle school string ensemble and symphonic band.
Dusty has recently accepted a post as a faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley where he will be helping to start and develop a bluegrass major at the school.