Norm was born in Chicago and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He received his Masters Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Kansas. Norm taught for 10 years in McHenry County, which is an hour west of Chicago. Norm currently teaches at Riverview High School in Sarasota. He teaches band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and IB Music. Norm plays piano, bass trombone, electric bass and loves to sing. He has been involved in church music for all of his adult life.