Born and raised in Stockton, California, Randy took his first guitar lesson at the age of ten. At the age of fifteen, he picked up the electric bass guitar in high school. He was one of two guitarists in the jazz band. When the band teacher kicked out the bass player due to poor attendance, the rhythm section was left with two guitarists, a drummer, and no bassist. Since Randy was the junior of the two guitarists, he took it upon himself to learn the bass guitar on his own and became the new bassist. He is so ever grateful that the band teacher, Mr. Behrens, had taught him how to read the bass clef. In 1979, Randy made the journey to Southern California, to attend USC to study with guitarist/arranger/composer Jimmy Stewart. While at SC, he was part of various jazz ensembles and held the bass chair of The Lakers’ Band during the 1982-83 season. In 1983, Randy earned his BA in Music History and Literature from USC.
A mounting student loan debt caused Randy to take a detour into education. In 1987, he obtained his Multiple Subjects teaching credential from CSU Long Beach, and on January 1988, he embarked on a career as a public school teacher, where he took assignments as an elementary teacher, middle school English and history teacher, and even as a computer lab teacher. He retired from teaching at the Long Beach Unified School District, on August 1, 2022.
When Randy gave his life to Christ in 1988, God led him to be part of the worship ministry at Calvary Chapel South Bay, where he still serves to this day. He’s been a part of the NKJV Blues Band for about a decade and has performed with local Hawaiian musicians in the South Bay. In 2022, he answered a Craigslist ad, which led him to the bass chair for Carla D and The B Side. As they say, the rest is history!