Where were you born and (if different) where did you grow up? Born in Albion, MI; grew up on Duck Lake in Olivet, MI.
Current residence and marital status/family: Wilton Manors, FL; single
Education: BA cum laude from Olivet College; MM fromUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
When did you start playing with the VSO? 1984
Other current jobs besides VSO: Retired from teaching in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Vermont; now working at Trader Joe’s and playing in the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble and the Albany Symphony.
Favorite composer: Brahms
Hobbies: biking, swimming, cooking, reading, traveling, laughter
How did you get started in music? Playing the trombone, badly. I couldn’t even read music when I started.
Describe a typical day: Instilling a love for music in the next generation, practicing, performing.
Dream job if not musician: What I’m doing is my dream job.
Secret ambition: to be a writer
Favorite vice: chocolate
People would be surprised to know that: I enjoy country music!
Best advice I ever got: follow your heart
Favorite way to spend an evening: Being with friends; watching the sun set.
Pet peeve: People who don’t appreciate everything that life has given them.