Eric has two sisters (Diane and Karen) and a nearly identical twin brother named Zeke. Zeke is also Eric's stage manager.
Eric and his wife Roseann were married in 2000. They have two daughters, Rebecca (born Sept. 2002) and Evelyn (born Dec. 2004).
When they are not travelling, Eric and his family live in Richland, WA, which is part of the 'Tri-Cities' area in southeastern Washington state. He grew up in Western New York and lived in the greater Buffalo area until 2004.
Eric's birthday is June 14, 1969, which he says makes him 26 years old. (He's not very good at math.)
Eric's favorite color is deep blue, with orange a close second.
Eric's favorite foods include Tony's frozen pizzas (large, regular crust), Chinese food, watermelon, Sobe drinks and his wife's fajitas.
Eric has a pet cat named Tigger, and in the past he has had two pet dogs, three pet rabbits and a pet rat.
Eric's favorite sport is hockey. He has been a Buffalo Sabres fan through thick and (mostly) thin and has played in a few floor hockey leagues over the years. He also likes baseball and football and likes to play pool, volleyball and disc golf.
Eric's favorite book is Watership Down. His favorite authors are Charles Dickens, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Michael Crichton.
Eric's favorite movies include all of the Pixar films (especially Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo), Life is Beautiful, Star WarsIV and V, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Princess Bride, This is Spinal Tap, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Batman Begins, The Music Man and the Indiana Jones films.
Eric's favorite TV shows include Lost, House, C.S.I., 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, The Office, Hustle, Pushing Daisies and Scrubs. His favorite shows when he was a kid were Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Emergency, The Planet of the Apes, Gilligan's Island and Batman.
Eric's favorite all-time comic strips are Peanuts and Bloom County, and he's also been a fan of Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side and Dilbert.
When he has free time (to that, Eric says, "Huh??"), Eric likes to play computer games including the Age of Empires series, Sid Meier's Pirates and Plants vs. Zombies. He is also an avid board game geek, with favorite games including Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Pandemic, Last Night on Earth, Dominion and Arkham Horror. Eric is also developing board/card game ideas, some of which are connected thematically with his kids' music.
Some of Eric's favorite musical artists and influences include The Beatles, Rush, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Santana, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cake, the Grateful Dead, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, Paul Simon, The Who, Border Crossing, Sam Payne, Johnny Cash, Julie de Azevedo, Stevie Wonder, Weezer, Van Morrison, Neil Young, The Band, Jeff Buckley, Weird Al, Yes, They Might Be Giants, The Doors, The Police and U2. Some of his favorite children's music performers include Ralph's World, Trout Fishing in America, Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang, Joe Scruggs and Justin Roberts. And he's not ashamed to say that he also likes The Wiggles, Barney and Raffi. Eric also really loves the music from Maisy and Sesame Street. (See Eric's "Cool Tunes for Kids" blogsite for more about the kids' music that he likes).
In addition to performing live music in several bands and as a solo artist for many years in the Western New York area, Eric also performed a number of significant roles in professional and community theater productions, including Prof. Harold Hill (The Music Man), Alfie Dolittle (My Fair Lady), Tom Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie) and Sgt. Trotter (Mousetrap).
Eric is a big fan of the musical, The Music Man, and hosts his own Music Manwebsite. He also likes other musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Once Upon a Mattress and Oliver!.
Eric has written and produced a wide variety of music, including progressive rock, jam rock, acoustic singer/songwriter, orchestral music and musical theatre. His symphonic piece "Thorvald's Saga" won an honorary mention in the 2004 Garritan Orchestration Competition, and his original musical A Week in the Life had a very successful production at a theater in Buffalo, NY in 2003. The show was loosely based on the company where he used to work, Azerty, Inc., and Eric earned an Artie Award nomination for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his portrayal of one of his best friends, Ginter.
Eric composed the theme song and scoring music for an animated TV show (in development) for Tigon Media in Singapore, and has produced other internet/media scoring pieces.
More about Eric...
Eric and his family
with Maisy Mouse.
Eric's brother Zeke.
Eric's rat Peanut.
Eric as Harold Hill
in The Music Man.
Eric with Craig Bierko,
star of The Music Man
Eric as a little kid,
before his morning
bowl of Cocoa Puffs.