Ethan's love for music began as a child, when his uncle introduced him to the music of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse, amongst others. They would ride in his uncle's convertible (with the top down, of course) blasting soul music. These incredible grooves and melodies have stuck with Ethan to this day.
In 8th grade Ethan's first teacher, Max Cowan, turned him onto jazz, introducing him to the album Testifyin' by pianist Benny Green. This insanely swinging record, featuring Christian McBride and Carl Allen, got Ethan hooked.
Like Benny Green, Ethan went on to attend Berkeley High School. Although Ethan primarily focused on acting through high school, he always found time to play in the legendary Berkeley High Jazz big bands, and his quartet "House of Ramen." Ethan began experimenting with composition in high school as well, workshopping tunes and starting to find his artistic voice.
After living briefly in Minneapolis, Ethan moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Out of high school, Ethan also discovered his passion for cancer charity work, and has made volunteering and fundraising an integral part of his life.
Ethan recently became co-president of Music for a Better World, a student group at MSM focused on charity and philanthropy. He hopes to inspire students to figure out who they are and what they stand for, not just how good of a musician they are.