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Meet your Florida Orchestra members . . . Kurt Grissom, percussion

Percussionist Kurt Grissom hangs out after doing one of the other things he loves: hiking.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Grissom

Percussionist Kurt Grissom hangs out after doing one of the other things he loves: hiking.

Age: 50

With the orchestra since: 1983

Where you are originally from: St. Pete/Tampa since 1974; prior to that Darnestown, Md.

Education: Interlochen Arts Academy, USF, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Tampa

Age I started studying my instrument: 10

Favorite date-night place to eat out: Unfortunately, my budget won't allow that, but I try to get to Chattaway's when I can.

My iPod's usually playing: I don't own one, nor do I like the compressed music sound. I usually listen to Count Basie; the trios of Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson; and '60s and '70s rock.

I'm an expert at: procrastination

But I'm really lousy at: mowing my yard

Dream vacation: There is a long list. This summer we'll be rafting through the Grand Canyon for 18-plus days.

Hobbies and interests: long-distance backpacking, collecting vintage percussion instruments, watching my daughters grow up

Some little-known, yet interesting fact about you: I make biodiesel fuel for my car, and I have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail — 2,174 miles.

Funniest concert moment: watching the city sprinkler system fully engage on the audience while the orchestra was performing The Sorcerer's Apprentice at a concert at Straub Park

The question you're asked most often about your instrument: Q: We loved the concert! So . . . what do you do for a living? A: Huh?

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Meet your Florida Orchestra members . . . Kurt Grissom, percussion 02/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 3:30am]

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