Drumming since the age of three, he did not take private lessons until he was in the 5th grade. He was a member of the Highland Park High School concert band and its jazz bands.
He performed in a band called Blind, but was replaced after going to film School of Rock. He also performed in a band called Third Estate.
He has an older brother, Cary, and a younger sister, Nicole. Nicole was an extra in School of Rock.
He played a student of Jack Black's character in School of Rock.