Born March 12, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon, Rusty was introduced to music at the age of 7 by his musical family. His studies began on the piano but quickly reoriented to the trumpet with interests leaning toward jazz and composition.
1978 found Rusty at the end of an American tour which included shows at the White House for President Jimmy Carter and The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. Recruited by Disneyland as a band Leader, he spent the next 6 years at the park at which time he was musical director for 5 consecutive character shows.
Between 1984 and 1987, Rusty developed his career as a freelance composer/conductor working for such diverse clients as New Generation Pictures, Nisei Week Coronation Ball, Holland America Cruise Lines, the Long Beach Grand Prix and The Long Beach Symphony.
In 1985, Rusty began his work in Jazz education by accepting a faculty position at The Sacramento Jazz Summer Academy, in 1989 at Fullerton College and in 1997 he was appointed to the faculty of the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Studies program.
completing his studies in Conducting and Film Scoring at UCLA, Rusty has
scored many films, commercials, documentaries, TV pilots and cartoons.