Bart showed his first interest in the drums at the age of 3 when he would get out pots and pans and start banging away. He hails from a musical family: his father is an accomplished trumpet player who performed with the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, the Airmen of Note, for over 25 years. His mother sings beautifully and played piano and organ for their local church, and his two brothers are pianists, singers and songwriters.
Bart majored in music performance in college, but decided to leave school to follow in his father's footsteps to perform in the Air Force band. He auditioned and joined the Air Force in 1983 to play in the 13 piece show band "Flight One" and the concert band stationed at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. He did a lot of touring and played over 1,000 concerts in a variety of venues while in the Air Force.
He returned to Maryland in 1987 upon finishing 4 years in the military, and started doing freelance work in a variety of jazz groups. He began playing in a jazz trio, 3 DC, with his brother Larry and bassist Dennis Michaels, and the trio appeared in the movie He Said She Said, starring Kevin Bacon, which was filmed on location in Baltimore. He soon hooked up with 2nd Story, a neo-folk-rock band based in the D.C. area and played with them for several years.
Around 1990, he fulfilled one of his lifelong ambitions with his brothers Larry and Stephen to form an original rock band called the Koo Koo Heads, writing, performing and recording their own original songs. Close friend Mike Shannon soon joined the band as guitarist and fellow songwriter. The Koo Koo Heads performed around the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area as well as New York City, and recorded Yes...Really, a CD of all original tunes with a message. While attending a July 4th party/jam session one summer, Bart met and jammed with guitarist Duffy Kane for the first time and felt a strong musical connection.
Shortly thereafter, Bart began playing with Duffy and Arnie Helmick on bass in Black Manhattan, a texas-blues-Stevie Ray Vaughan style band with its own twist on things, and a new era in his musical life began. While playing one night with Black Manhattan, he met Pete Lancaster who had volunteered to play on their breaks, and really dug his style of blues. Bart soon joined Arnie and Pete in the band 2 Blue Ensemble, along with Alan Mason and Carl Disque. 2 Blue played for a few years and then took a break, during which time Bart, Arnie, Carl and Gary Jackson started playing together as Ko Ko Blue. Bart also started playing with Bad Influence blues band around the DC/Baltimore metro area. 2 Blue Ensemble morphed into Stack-O-Blues where Bart finds himself today. He has had the honor of playing with legends such as Byther Smith, Hubert Sumlin, John Weston, Eddie Burns, Red Holloway, Honeyboy Edwards and David Bennett Cohen of Country Joe and the Fish.