With the orchestra since: 1984
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.