Meet Robert Smith, principal trumpet with Florida Orchestra

Age: 51

With the orchestra since: 1984

Hometown: Maitland

Education: Northwestern University, Tanglewood fellow, Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Age I started studying my instrument: 9

If I weren't doing this, I'd be: doing writing, research, sound recording, photography or truck driving

Favorite date night place to eat out: Royal Palace Thai (Tampa) or Siam Gardens Thai (St. Petersburg)

My iPod's usually playing: Mahler or Metheny

Last book I read was: The Seven Valleys by Bahá'u'lláh

Dream vacation: A year roaming and photographing the western half of North America

Hobbies and interests: photography, fishing, kayaking, reading, spirituality

I'm an expert at: smoking turkey

But I'm really lousy at: training my Australian terrier

Some little-known yet interesting fact about you: I was offered a principal trumpet job in the New Zealand Symphony (with a very generous salary), but turned it down due to plans by the Florida Orchestra to become a major American orchestra and the cultural crown jewel of the Tampa Bay area.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument: Q: How many instruments (or "trumpets") do you have? A: Twelve: piston trumpets in B-flat, C, E-flat/D, B-flat/A piccolo; cornets in B-flat and C; flugelhorn in B-flat; German rotary trumpets in B-flat and C; posthorn in F alto; plus backup B-flat and C piston trumpets.

Meet Robert Smith, principal trumpet with Florida Orchestra 01/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 3:30am]

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