Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Greg currently resides with his wife and two sons in Indianapolis, Indiana. Greg’s father, also from Pittsburgh, performed as a professional accordion player from the 1950s to the 1970s and served as Greg’s catalyst for applying his technical knowledge to the accordion. Greg started playing the accordion at the age of 15 but only took lessons for one year – when the opportunity to work as a sound engineer mixing front of the house stage monitors as well as back of the house mixes at an entertainment venue in Pittsburgh presented itself. Not only did that experience reinforce Greg’s passion for music and electronics, but it also afforded him the opportunity to work with several notable headlining bands, including Three Dog Night, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli, and America.
Greg’s experiences as a sound engineer led him on a vocational path in electronics and technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, followed by a master’s degree in Computer Science from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in Business from Colorado State.
In his mid-twenties, Greg moved to New York and began developing and installing both thirdparty and custom solution Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) systems into accordions. However, a 25+ year sabbatical from the accordion ensued as “real” work duties as a Unix programmer, marriage, and raising a family demanded Greg’s attention.
In 2011, shortly after his father passed away, Greg’s mother sent him recordings of his father playing the accordion. While listening to his father’s recordings, Greg became nostalgic and started researching what had changed in the accordion industry. That’s when Greg discovered the Roland V-accordion, which brought both his love for technology and the accordion into a singular interest. Early on, Greg worked with Richard Noel to understand the V-accordion technology as it evolved. In 2013, Greg met Al Battistelli, who became a powerful influence as a mentor, teacher, and a dear friend. In return, Greg, who is Apple certified and an expert in Logic Pro (DAW – Digital Audio Workstation), familiarized Al with the techniques to not only be able to digitally record audio but, more importantly, utilize MIDI systems for purposes of realtime scoring and notation using the Roland FR-8x.
Currently, Greg is actively pursuing a music degree from Berklee University in Boston and serves as the primary moderator and co-moderator of several music-related forums/groups supporting various models of the V-accordion, the Roland BK-7m, and the Ketron SD-90. He also serves as a moderator for “Logic Pro Help” – the largest forum supporting Logic Pro.. Greg continues to enjoy helping others understand the technical aspects of the V-accordion and MIDI – specifically, helping people integrate the Roland V-accordion with other musical devices, computers, and peripherals.