Ashton's creative roots are in music performance and composition. He grew up playing violin in the Southwest Youth Symphony and learning guitar on the side. He later learned to play piano, bass guitar, drum set, harmonica, and accordion. He has written and recorded many of his own songs/arrangements, staged two of his original one-act musicals, and has worked as a music director. Recent music directing credits include "A Chorus Line" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Marymount Manhattan College.
Ashton's arrangement of "Never Gonna Give You Up" performed by the male ensemble of the second national tour of "A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder."
Ashton's arrangement of "No One Is Alone" by Stephen Sondheim performed by the cast and orchestra of the second national tour of "A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder."