Derek has been playing guitar since 1988, when he discovered his father’s old acoustic guitar hiding in a closet at the age of 11. After years of playing in bands in North Carolina he moved to Atlanta Georgia to attend the Atlanta Institute of Music where he developed a deep love of jazz and improvisational music. He currently specializes in Jazz and Bluegrass, but loves all genres of music. Derek has recently returned to Shelby where he hopes to share in and contribute to Shelby’s growing music and arts community.