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Meet your Florida Orchestra members . . . Harold Van Schaik, bass trombone

With the orchestra since: 1993

Hometown: I lived lots of places growing up: Pittsburgh; Wethersfield Bow, Vt.; Hanover N.H.; Windsor, Conn.; Dallas.

Education: Degrees from Northwestern University and Eastman School of Music

Age I started studying my instrument: 9

My iPod's usually playing: I don't own an iPod. I hate the sound of digitally compressed music through ear buds! However, I do have a few thousand recordings and a vacuum tube-based audio system that plays a wide variety of music.

Last book I read was: I just reread Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

I'm an expert at: Buzzing my lips into a brass tube

But I'm really lousy at: Anything handy around the house

Some little-known, yet interesting, fact about you: Mainly played jazz and R&B until second year of college. Also, I was heavily recruited to play college football as a high school senior.

Funniest concert moment: At the end of the first half of a concert, the late Skitch Henderson left the stage with his lapel mike "on." As he was walking off stage and into the backstage area, his running editorial comments about the audience were coming out of the PA loud and clear. I think that was the last time they let Skitch use a lapel mike.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument: Q: "Is that thing heavy?" A: "Not really, it's hollow."

Meet your Florida Orchestra members . . . Harold Van Schaik, bass trombone 11/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 3:30am]

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