Casey was 12 when he began to study classical guitar with Paul Henry of Roosevelt University, adding lessons with Chicago jazz guitarist Neal Alger at 14. He earned a BM in Jazz Studies from NIU, studying both genres with internationally renowned Fareed Haque and three more years, post graduation, with classical guitarist Denis Azabagic, also at Roosevelt. Casey performs solo recitals throughout the Chicago area and is a jazz bandleader and sideman in various groups throughout the USA.
He has given solo and chamber music concerts for the North Shore Baptist church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Baker Memorial Church, the Northbrook Library, the Elgin Library and Geneva's Fabian Park Japanese Garden series. The Lapis Trio is an acoustic group drawing on Casey’s study of the classical and jazz guitar. Lapis Trio has performed at venues including the Musical Offering’s Music on Madison concert series, Church of Beethoven, and Merriman’s Playhouse.
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