Ned holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and a Masters in Cello Performance from the University of Nevada-Reno. He has performed as soloist with the Utah Symphony, the University of Utah Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Boise Philharmonic. He previously served as Treasure Valley Youth Symphony director/conductor (known today at the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra), performed in nightclub settings for major entertainers in Reno and was principal cellist in the Ashlawn Highland Opera Orchestra in Charlottesville, Virginia.