Where were you born and (if different) where did you grow up?: I was born in Albuquerque, NM but grew up in Plano, TX
Current residence and marital status/family (including pets): I live in Milton, MA with my partner Rachael and our fat cat, Mortimer Ignacious Fancycat, esq. ( I would advise against hiring him for any lawyerly needs you may have.)
Education: BM Eastman School of Music, MM University of Texas at Austin, DMA Boston University
When did you start playing with the VSO?: I think I played my first summer tour in 2013, but I’ve been in the second trombone chair since fall 2022
Other current jobs besides VSO: I am assistant principal trombone for the Hartford and New Bedford Symphonies and Principal Trombone in the Cape Symphony. I also teach a few students.
Favorite composer: I know it’s cliche but I really love Beethoven. Also Mendelssohn. And Shostakovich. And Mozart. I guess it’s hard to choose.
Hobbies: I love to cook, take easy hikes, and I am always searching for a great dive bar.
How did you get started in music?: I started in 6th grade band
Describe a typical day: I usually wake up around 930 or 10. Make an overly elaborate breakfast. Go for a walk. Teach for a few hours. Drive to rehearsal. Rehearse. Drive home. Usually watch some TV with Rachael.
Dream job if not musician: Professional gambler but I’m not good enough at math
Secret ambition: To be on Jeopardy!
Favorite vice: I guess I abhor mediocrity so I like really, really nice beer or really, really terrible beer.
People would be surprised to know that: I currently own 8 trombones (much to Rachael’s chagrin)
Best advice I ever got: Great musician doesn’t always mean great person
Favorite way to spend an evening: At a dinner party with friends
Pet peeve: Social media bragging
I’m most proud of: My Family