Alan is originally from Birmingham, AL. He was raised in the area of Center Point and graduated from Hewitt Trussville High School. As a child and adolecent he had a love for aviation, but music quickly become his passion and trade. At age 13 he began performing, composing, and teaching music and percussion throughout various genres, idioms, and styles. This influenced him to pursue a career in music at Jacksonville State University.
During his time at University, both in and out of school, he learned how to learn. He began to hone his craft, survive as a musician, and grow as an educator. He performed with every type of ensemble using a percussion instrument, and taught various genres of percussion throughout the Southeastern United States.
After teaching for nearly 10 years, he then worked in Music Business for two years. This experience in Music Retail, Repair, and Services, gave him great business experience outside of the musical community.