Wally was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where his love of music was evident early on.
He began playing piano at the age of 6 and, under the tutelage of teachers such as Laura LaGarda, C. Eugene Thrall and Dave Weyrick, he formed the basis for what became his life’s work.
Wally has always been fascinated by jazz and in particular, the music of acclaimed trumpet masters such as Maynard Ferguson and Arturo Sandoval, with whom he eventually worked and earned a Grammy nomination for his stunning arrangement of “Night In Tunisia”, from the Grammy winning CD, “Dear Diz.”
He moved to Los Angeles in his early 20’s and has been a well respected and highly accomplished member of the LA music scene ever since, having toured and recorded with some of the most well known and successful artists in the world.
Some of the artists Wally has worked with include Toni Braxton, Pink, En Vogue, New Edition, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Eddie Money and the Anderson Ponty Band, featuring legendary Yes vocalist, Jon Anderson and world renowned jazz violinist, Jean-Luc Ponty.
Wally is currently on an extensive North American tour with the Anderson Ponty Band, which also features his friends from the Jean-Luc Ponty Band, Rayford Griffin (Drums) and Jamie Glaser (Guitar). Keith Jones rounds out the lineup on bass.