Ashton was born and raised in Valparaiso, IN. He started taking piano lessons at the age of 5 when his mother noticed that he could listen to commercials and play them on the piano after only a few minutes of practice. By seventh grade, Ashton was a part of the Valparaiso High School lab jazz band and continued on to be in the top band from his sophomore year on.
Ashton moved to Muncie to attend Ball State University in the fall of 2006 to pursue a degree in Music Technology. Having little classical training prior to college, Ashton was accepted into the school of music largely based on his proficiency in music theory due to the fact that his audition was 100% jazz music.
Ashton has taught students whose age range from 7 to 57. From beginners to advanced musicians, Ashton has helped every type of student reach their goals and perform at ISSMA, recitals, auditions, or just living rooms for pure enjoyment!
On the weekends, Ashton is a professionally gigging musician in the band Eumatik, an Electro Funk/Live Electronic band based in Indianapolis. Eumatik is a uniquely different kind of electronic band due to the fact that they utilize a lot of musical ideas and concepts from both the jazz and classical standpoints on theory and composition.