What year did you join the orchestra?
I won my contract as principal percussionist in 2003. I played as an extra with the Philharmonic a bit in the 1980s and early 1990s when I was primarily playing shows with the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harrah’s Reno house orchestras. From 1993 to 1995 I served as timpanist with the Reno Philharmonic, before moving to Austin, Texas, where I earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
How long have you been playing music?
I have been playing music formally since 1970, when I started taking music lessons in fifth grade, although a few years before that I started playing on a friend’s Tony the Tiger drum set that his parents purchased from the Sears catalog.
How did you pick your instrument?
It was the late 1960’s, and I was living in Long Island, New York. I saw a number of garage bands that looked like the Beatles that would set up and play in their driveways. When I saw their drummers I knew that was what I wanted to do
I have been a librarian with the Washoe County Library System for 15 years
When you’re not playing with the Reno Phil, what would we most likely see you doing in your free time?
My free time is split between running the trails of Reno and Lake Tahoe, and practicing my many instruments, including marimba, xylophone, Jazz vibraphone, drum set, Latin percussion, steel drums, guitar, and piano.