Craig is the inventor of the Boomwhackers Musical Tubes and President of Whacky Music, Inc.
Craig grew up in Iowa in a time when learning music in school was commonplace. His first "serious" instrument was the cornet, and he switched to French horn in junior high. As a young teen, he learned to play rhythm guitar and did the local-yokel rock band thing, also picking up the keyboard on a self-taught basis (but never getting very skilled with it!). When he entered high school, the school insisted that he play French horn in the marching band if he was going to play in the orchestra. He protested that it was hard enough to play the French horn sitting still, let alone marching on the field, and refused to play in the marching band. Since the horn belonged to the school and they insisted that he play in the marching band or not play at all, that was the end of Craig and the French horn.
Craig went to college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his S.B (Bachelor of Science) in Management degree in 1973 and S.M. (Master of Science) in Management degree in 1974, and found very little time to be involved with any musical instrument. Most of his professional career has been involved in various aspects of finance. Prior to the fateful day that he had the idea for what has become the Boomwhackers tubes, he spent many years, and became quite good at, pricing and structuring complex, "cross-border", tax-advantaged equipment financings for Boeing 747s and other "big ticket" equipment with companies that specialized in advising on such transactions.
Back on the music side, after graduating from M.I.T. Craig picked up the guitar again and began to learn fingerpicking for the first time. Shortly thereafter, he heard Francisco Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra and was inspired to learn classical guitar. This was a study that he pursued in earnest, practicing many hours a week for many years. During this time, he also took some music theory and composition classes. The classical guitar has been his primary musical passion as an adult. However, after inventing the tubes, Craig delved deeply into the world of percussion for several years, during which time he hardly touched a guitar but became quite capable on an array of percussion instruments. He's now back on friendly terms with his guitar and still sneaks in a little percussion playing now and then.
He recently completed the Whack Tracks CD with Ralf Illenberger.
CRAIG'S FACILITATION EXPERIENCE
As a result of being the creator of the Boomwhackers musical tubes, Craig has had numerous opportunities to facilitate group musical experiences using the Boomwhackers with audiences from small (a couple dozen) to large (over a thousand) and from kids to adults. It can be quite an experience for the participants to be playing Boomwhackers with several hundred or more other participants. Some example videos appear at the Sights & Sounds page.
While Craig's busy Whacky Music schedule doesn't allow him much chance to do these group events, his facilitation experiences include an MIT alumni reunion, Phoenix-area primary-school class assemblies, a segment of a concert for children at a Percussive Arts Society International Convention and an appearance at the Hook and Ladder Ball put on by the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation and the San Francisco Firefighters' Association.
These facilitated group experiences can be geared to several purposes, including focuses on teambuilding, motivation, creativity, music education and simply having fun in a unique way. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact us. If Craig is unavailable for your event, we'd be happy to make some recommendations for you.