Rod teaches voice, bagpipes (Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Smallpipes), trombone, beginner ukulele and beginner Irish whistle.
Born and raised in Tioga County, Rod received his Bachelor of Music degree at Mansfield University in 1996, and a Master’s degree in Music Education at West Chester University in 2004, where he studied voice with Dr. Robert Barefield.
After moving to Berks County, Rod taught music for 20 years in the Antietam School District. While there, Rod taught elementary general music, and directed the elementary and middle school choirs, as well as the high school band. He has also been involved in the Antietam Community Theatre where Rod served various roles including orchestra director and music director.
Rod has enjoyed singing in the Reading Choral Society since 2004, and has been their Bass Section Leader since 2015. Feeling an irresistible desire to honor the music of his family heritage, Rod began learning to play the Scottish Great Highland Pipes at the age of 40. While mastering the instrument, he joined the Hamilton Celtic Pipe Band and now serves as the Pipe Major (director and manager) of the band.
In demand locally as a piper, Rod has played for many weddings, funerals, and parties. He is also playing the German medieval bagpipe (dudelsack) in the band/minstrel troupe Wolgemut, for their engagements at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
He currently lives in Pennside with his wife Tammy and two children, Ethan and Sarah.