Finding out for the first time that I would begin taking piano lessons. -Joshua Zimmerman
I grew up in Hudsonville, Michigan, and I am very blessed to have had the loving and supportive upbringing that my parents provided me with. On December 25, 1999, I opened a card that was attached to a giant box. Inside of the card was a gift for one year of piano lessons, and inside of the giant box was my first piano. I was told that "if I practiced, I might get another year of lessons next Christmas." Sure enough, every year I received another card for Christmas renewing my piano lessons for the following year. Although this is a very simple concept, this taught me an invaluable lesson that sticks with me to this very day. The opportunity that I have to play the piano is a gift, and I sincerely want to thank you for allowing me to share this gift with you.
I was hooked the moment I began lessons. There was a connection that I had with music that allowed me to express myself in new ways. The many hours that I spent at the piano quickly paid off. Within 3 years of beginning my lessons, I had played in three weddings, several churches, and I was even invited to play for an event where Tom Izzo spoke. As soon as I turned 16 and received my license, I began teaching private lessons, which I would continue to do for the next 12 years. In 2008, I opened for the band 'Avalon,' and from 2012-2017 I was a middle school and high school band instructor, as well as the primary accompanist for St. Vincent DePaul in Shepherd. For the past 16 years, the gift of music has presented me with countless opportunities; I have played on and have led several worship teams, played in many weddings, churches, funerals, dinners, nursing homes... and the list goes on.
In 2015, I married the love of my life, Maira. This past June, we moved from Mount Pleasant, Michigan to Clarksville, Michigan. I am so thankful for my wife's love, support and encouragement. We currently do not have kids, but hopefully this sentence will be edited soon.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me.