Al received his BA from the University of Oklahoma and received his MA in Mathematics from Princeton University. He taught mathematics for four years at the U.S. Naval Academy and retired after 24 years in the U.S. Navy. He went on to obtain a BM in Music History and Literature from the University of Maryland in addition to working 15 years in the computer software industry, including 7 years in Germany programming for shipboard weapon control systems for the German Navy. His musical interests developed at a young age while playing bassoon and flute in high school. He studied the organ in college and developed an interest in early music in about 1964 when he began playing viols, recorder, krummhorn, rauschpfeife, cornetto, lute and baroque flute. He has edited approximately 3200 compositions for viol consort, which are now available for free on the internet. Since his retirement, Al has been occupied with volunteer teaching in computer skills, English for speakers of other languages, and preparing adults for obtaining high school diplomas. He has been a Board Member since 1998.