"Nonda" comes from an extensive background in percussion and drums. As a 1980 graduate of California State University with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, Nonda studied during his developing years with several renown players including Steve Mitchell(Vince Guaraldi), Gary Nash (Jackie and Roy), Ed Shaughnessy (The Tonight Show), Steve Schaeffer (Dallas, Dynasty LA Studio), and Jerry Steinholtz (Dianna Ross, the Carpenters). He has appeared on over 50 different CDs with different local and national artists including The Jazz Police, Michael Powers, Gary Stroutsos, Phil Sheeran, and Tony Gable. His live performances include backing Eddie Daniels, Ben Vareen, Greta Metassa, Jovino Santos, Blackstone, Kathy Lee Gifford, Carl Saunders, Teatro Zinzani, Marc Seals and performances at the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival and the Moore Theater. In 1998 Nonda was invited to perform with Gary Stroutsos music he co-composed for the Ken Burns movie “Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery” for President Clinton at the White House. Music on the CD Winds of Honor, from which the selections were chosen, has been heard internationally on different NPR syndicated programs including Hearts of Space and Echoes. Songs from the 1998 album continue to be aired on PBS, NPR and Sirus satellite radio. As a percussion instrument maker, his instruments have been played internationally in groups ranging from Julliard and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to Madonna and Phil Collins. Nonda can be heard on the local big band scene (when he is not performing with Easy Street) with various ensembles. In this genre he has performed with the Jazz Police, Mojo, Swing Session, Pete Leinonen, Daniel Barry, and the Jim Cutler big band. Nonda’s favorite Big Band Drummers are Mel Lewis, Buddy Rich, and Ed Shaughnessy and he pulls from the styles of these artists to create a concoction of rhythm uniquely his own.