The family had children of their own and one young daughter was taking piano lessons who practiced at home daily. When she practiced, Ron would stand, listen, and shiver with excitement. He asked if he could play, but they initially said “No” because that the piano was not a toy; it was an expensive musical piece of furniture and he could not touch it. One day, a few months later, when she was practicing, Ron was fidgeting, shivering and pulling his hair and soon ran over to her, carefully slid her off the piano bench, sat down and began to play. His foster mother was dumbfounded and asked him where he learned to play. He said, “I taught myself. I listen and then I play”. Ron has taught himself to play numerous instruments, all by ear.
In 1981 Ron saw the Hi Hopes playing at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, and knew that he wanted to be a part of the group. He contacted Doris Walker, the director of the Hi Hopes, upon his family’s return to their home in Grants Pass and asked if he could join the group. It took six years to convince her, make the arrangements for housing and the foster parents to agree to move him from Oregon to Anaheim, CA. In 1987 Ron moved to Anaheim to become part of the Hi Hopes and his long sought-after dream came true. He lives to play music and Hope Center for the Arts is fortunate to give him this opportunity.