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Meet Florida Orchestra percussionist David Coash

With the orchestra since: 1978

Hometown: born on Goose Bay Air Force Base, Labrador, Canada (father was U.S. Air Force at the time)

Age I started studying my instrument: seventh grade

If I weren't doing this, I'd be: a high school band director

Favorite date night place to eat out: Bonefish Grill in St. Petersburg

My iPod's usually playing: jazz, funk, classical

I'm an expert at: working with calfskin drumheads (yes, a really nerdy drummer thing)

But I'm really lousy at: casual conversation

Dream vacation: Paris

Hobbies and interests: current events/politics and crossword puzzles

Funniest concert moment: Touring with the Brass Band of Battle Creek several years ago, we introduced a piece with a bit of comedy where my cell phone would ring and I'd do a take-off of an old vaudeville routine. One time the phone didn't ring as planned, but I started the routine anyway. Then the phone rang — with the cell phone up to my left ear. The rest of the routine went down the tubes, along with my fledgling acting career.

Some little-known, yet interesting fact about you: I'm left-handed and all of my percussion teachers were left-handed as well.

Interesting fact, Part II: I'm in Bogus Pomp, an ensemble dedicated to the music of Frank Zappa. I became a member of the band in 1995, and currently we are guitar, bass, drums, cello, keyboard, vocals, sax/flute and myself on percussion. Bogus Pomp plays the entire range of Zappa's writing — from the silly (Illinois Enema Bandit, Penguin in Bondage) to the extremely serious and difficult (Echidna's Arf, Dog Breath Variations). In addition to our regular shows around Central Florida, we have performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic and at the Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan, Germany.

Meet Florida Orchestra percussionist David Coash 01/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 3:30am]
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