Helmut is a graduate of MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA - class of 1961. He majored in Graphic Design and minored in Photography. He leads his own 14-piece Big Band for which he writes most of the music. Helmut has taught at two Universities and holds the prestigious Professional Gold Medal from the Arthur Murray School of Dancing. He has also passed the Professional Exam from the American Federation of Astrologers. Helmut considers himself very lucky, because 'he does what he loves, and loves what he does: Play music, dance and produce art daily!"