I was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and lived there for twenty-five years before moving to upstate New York in 1981. My college degree is in cinematography from Emerson College in Boston and I made creative films from 1994 through 2004. The most widely known of these films is a documentary about Gurdjieff's sacred dances. I have owned and operated a picture framing business in Oneonta, New York since 1985. Spiritually speaking, I have been aligning myself with A Course In Miracles for the past five years.
Waugh: I started playing music at 7-years-old, being influenced by my
Dad and Mom. My Mom sent me to piano lessons at the age of 10 and this
lasted for about four years. When I left High School and went to college,
I decided to become serious about my musical career, studying Visual Arts
(Sculpture) and Jazz Theory and bass guitar (as an elective). My main
influences came about through playing in various bands while studying
at the College of the Arts. In my first year I was contacted by a Cuban
pianist to play in his Latin Jazz band, and I quickly jumped on this opportunity.
The following week we started rehearsing in his garage. I knew nothing
about Cuban music at the time but luckily Javier Ochua Pita was willing
to teach me. We rehearsed for about two months, learning various Cuban
songs, studying the music and understanding the role of the bass player.
Javier then invited other musicians to play. On drums was Desi Jones a
well known professional drummer. Omar Francis played guitar, an awesome
professional guitar player, and on percussion the great master drummer,
Maroghini. This was clearly a dream come true for me. I was the only student
musician in the band and I had to step up my game to not sound like a
student. I played with the Latin Jazz band for about two years until Javier
left Jamaica to go to Miami.