Hometown: Hackettstown, New Jersey Member: 1993
What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
My wife, Millicent, and I treasure our national parks. Yosemite, Zion, and Bryce are our favorites with numerous other parks tied for fourth on our list.
Do you have any pre-concert rituals or routines?
Only to properly warm up and mentally prepare.
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?
I am an adjunct professor at two local colleges( UNF and FSCJ) and I teach privately through my home percussion studio.
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.
Who is your favorite composer?
I have several favorite composers: Shostakovich, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff
Oberlin College, B.A. (Biology); Oberlin Conservatory of Music, BM; University of Michigan, M.M.