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?