Garner began studies on the trumpet at age 9. He lists a few of his early trumpet influences as Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and Blue Mitchell. He toured Europe with the CSU Long Beach Jazz band, playing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz festivals. He has played with such greats as Red Rodney, Conti Condoli, and Randy Brecker. While living in Denver he was a member of groups the Neophonic Jazz Orchestra and Dressed in Black. Garner is on a quest to find the ultimate Goodwill tie.