At age 10 Father Al Studied Drums and Percussion at the Gene Krupa, Cozy Cole Drum School, Manhattan, New York. His instructors were Cozy Cole and Billy Higgins. At age 12, He attended the University of Rhode Island Summer Music Camp studying, Theory, Composition, Ear Training, Jazz Theory, Jazz Band, and Concert Orchestra.
Father Al graduated Admiral Farragut Academy with Arian Award for best School Musician, Marching Band Drum Major,
Jazz Band, Concert Orchestra and Glee Club.
The New York Years: At age 17, American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, New York City Caberet License. Performed with, backed up, or opened for such notables as Jay and the Americans, Little Eva, the Shirelles, the Ronettes, Dion and the Belmonts, and was the house drummer for the Alan Freed Rock and Roll Shows at the Brooklyn Paramount and Albemarle Theatres. Played with NYC jazz groups in the Village Vanguard, Village Gate, Metropole Cafe and other jazz venues in NYC.
The Hollywood Years: 1979, ADR, Foley, and Re-Recording Mixer for Motion Pictures and Television, Board of Directors of The Cinema Audio Society (CAS), 7 Honorable Emmys and 2 Golden Reel Awards for Sound Recording. Retired 2001. Recorded live background vocals for the Black Gold Awards, as well as recording such notables as Tom Scott, Lou Rawls, Randy Travis, Della Reese and the Monkeys.