What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I joined the Jacksonville Symphony in 1993. I grew up in Hackettstown, NJ where I spent most of my childhood playing with the Colonial Musketeers Fife and Drum Corps.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I would love to work in a National Park. My wife Millicent and I have visited most of the larger parks in the US. Yosemite, Zion and Bryce Canyon probably top our list of favorites with Glacier National Park being on our “to-do soon” list.
What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
I spend most of my spare time during the orchestra season teaching private percussion lessons, teaching at the University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville.
What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
I like the team aspect of performing in an orchestra and the variety each work week can bring. Rehearsing and performing a work for the first time, or getting to work with great guest artists can be very exciting.
Do you have a favorite team?
I’ve been a NY Mets fan since my first visit to Shea Stadium with my cub scout troop in 1973. As Tug McGraw famously said, “You Gotta Believe!”
What is your favorite food?
It’s tie between Italian and Mexican.
Who is your favorite composer?
I can’t claim to have just one favorite composer. My favorites are (in no particular order): Prokofiev, Shostakovitch, Barber, Rachmaninoff and Ravel.
What’s currently on your iPod?
Assorted classical orchestral music, a lot of Chicago (my favorite band), Earth, Wind and Fire, Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Springsteen (I am from NJ), Sinatra
Oberlin College, B.A. (Biology); Oberlin Conservatory of Music, BM; University of Michigan, M.M.