"Dusty" has been clowning around professionally since 2003. Since this time, he has worked with several clown organizations including the International Shrine Clown Association, Red Nose Response, and The Clowning for Kidz Foundation and has performed at hundreds of events across New England including parades, festivals, fairs, trade shows and more, for audiences of children and adults accumulating over 10,000 hours of community service, and has raised over $100,000 for various children's charities. "Dusty" is often recognized by his fans for his infectious smile, as well as his outrageous costumes and zany props many of which he and "Hoppy" make at home in their spare time.
"Dusty" enjoys being a clown because he can attend events and make children of all ages smile and laugh, one of his favorite events is the annual Coombs Foundation Holiday Gathering for military personnel and their families. He also tries to visit the Shriners Hospitals and other healthcare facilities and bring cheer to the patients throughout the year.
"Dusty" has always taken his clowning abilities seriously, and works to improve himself as a professional because he feels he owes it to his fans. In 2012, "Dusty" received the highest award from the Northeast Clown Institute the Master Clown Award, for his dedication to improving himself as a clown and accumulation of the necessary credits . This award has only been given to a small group of the several thousand clowns whom attended the Northeast Clown Institute. In 2015, Dusty attended the American Clown Academy's (Advanced Studies Program to further his skills in clowning to allow him to become a better clown.
"Dusty" has also attended several other clowning seminars because he still feels as though he has much to learn and plans to continue his education at other clown colleges and seminars in the future. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge with new clowns to help them to become better clowns.
"Dusty" has won many awards for his skills and dedication to clowning including several 1st place awards for costume and makeup, as well as paradability, at various international and regional competitions, the Smile Maker Award at the 2011 Shriners Imperial Session, and being named the clown of the year by the Aleppo Shrine Clowns in 2008.
When he is not clowning around, "Dusty" also volunteers with several other charities including the Boy Scouts of America as a Troop Committee Chair, and as a Merit Badge Counselor ("Dusty" is also an Eagle Scout). In his spare time, "Dusty" collects pull-tabs to be recycled and have the proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals and he and Hoppy have collected over 10,000 Pounds of pull-tabs. "Dusty" also co-sponsors a Red Cross blood drive in his community which has collected over 800 pints of blood for people in need of transfusions.
"Dusty" enjoys appearing at community events, especially performing silly magic, twisting balloon animals, putting on skits, and trying to use his clowning and improvisation and clowning skills to make others laugh and smile.
American Clown Academy 2015
Northeast Clown Institute
Craftsman Clown 2010
Master Clown 2012
Tom E. Boy's Boot Camp 2008
Hearts and Noses Clown Troupe Introduction to Hospital Clowning & Improv Workshop 2012
Bubba University 2012
American Clown Academy 2015
Balloon Animal Twisting
Verbal and Written Communications
01Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout December 2000
1st Place Character Costume and Makeup International Shrine Clown Association Imperial Session 2011
1st Place Paradability International Shrine Clown Association Imperial Session 2011
Smile Maker Award International Shrine Clown Association Imperial Session 2011
1st Place Hobo/Tramp Costume and Makeup International Shrine Clown Association Imperial Session 2010
1st Place Hobo/Tramp Costume and Makeup Northeast Clown Institute 2009
2nd Hobo tramp Costume and Makeup I.S.C.A. Imperial Session
2nd Place Character Costume and Makeup Northeast Clown Institute 2011
3rd Multiple balloon sculpture Northeast Clown Institute 2009
4th Place 2 man Skit Northeast Clown Institute 2009
Aleppo Shrine Clowns Clown of the year 2007
Northeast Clown Institute Craftsman Clown 2010
I.S.C.A. Red Nose Award 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011, 2012
3rd Place Character Costume and Makeup Northeast Clown Institute 2012
Northeast Clown Institute Master Clown 2012
Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award-2012