6 January 1944, Spokane, Washington, USA. As a very small child, Sickler studied piano with his mother who was a music teacher. At the age of 10, he took up the trumpet and two years later formed a jazz band. At the age of 13, he was leading an augmented band for school and college dances. Later, he began taking an interest in arranging. He continued with his studies, and by the late 60s had so advanced in both aspects of his career, as performer and arranger, that he moved to New York where more studies followed, alongside which he played in theatre pit bands. Throughout the following decade, although still active in music, it was in the publishing arm of the industry rather than as a performer. Eventually he formed his own publishing company. Around the end of the 70s he began performing more regularly, including a spell with Philly Joe Jones.
In the 80s, this association with Jones continued in Dameronia and he was also a member of the...