Chad started playing drums at age 5. By age 16 he was playing in local bars. His teenage years consisted of a mix of original and cover bands. Chad is mostly self taught except for watching and learning from older brother Duane. He learned from early Heavy Metal greats like Dio, Judas Priest and Van Halen. By age 13 he was concentrating on double bass exercises. Studying note for note, beat for beat of Drum Monsters like Charlie Benante, Lars Ulrich, Mikkey Dee, Kirk Arrington and Ray Hartmann. Chad has a wide array of musical tastes and has been influenced and has played other genres other than Metal like Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and R&B. Every band, person and no matter what genre of music, all of it has made him a better overall drummer and musician.