National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Reineke, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin / Kelli O'Hara, soprano
National Symphony Orchestra: Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul Jacobs, organ, plays Poulenc's Organ Concerto / Works by J.S. Bach & Mendelssohn
National Symphony Orchestra: David Zinman, conductor: Angela Hewitt, piano, plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 / Works by R. Strauss & Schoenberg
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Debussy, Ives, Saint-Saëns, & Beethoven
Assistant Principal Trombone/Acting Principal
Type of trombone:
BME, University of Texas at Arlington
MM, University of Illinois
Tell us about your audition experience:
I took 11 auditions prior to winning the Assistant Principal spot with the NSO. Looking back, each audition in its own way taught me a little more about the necessary preparations to win an audition. I am truly a lucky and blessed man!
What was the first thing that went through your mind when you found out you had been hired?
"Wow! I really can't believe this! I can't wait to tell my family!"
Favorite piece to play:
Favorite piece to listen to:
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
What concert are you most looking forward to this season?
Dvorák 8. This has always been a favorite of mine.
Name your top five favorite tunes on your mp3 player:
Anything by Nickel Creek. Nickel Creek has probably three of my top five tunes. I'm a sucker for bluegrass. My kid even likes bluegrass! I know it sounds strange, but I absolutely love Christmas tunes. I listen to them all year round. My two remaining tunes are from the Christmas albums of Mindy Smith and Mercy Me.
What was the last concert you attended that you weren't playing?
Billy Joel. Although I wish I was playing!
What did you want to be growing up?
A doctor. In fourth grade our local paper was presenting a story about the future in our community. I was asked what I wasnted to be when I grew older. I said "a doctor, because I want to cure diseases that haven't been cured." I definitely have the penmanship.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt now?
Professional athlete. There are no World Series Championships in trombone.
What profession would you not like to do?
Telemarketing. I hate receiving the calls, so why would I want to be one?
What is your favorite thing about living in the DC area?
Everyone seems so educated and arts conscious. It's a little piece of heaven. Plus, the museums are free!
Do you have any pets?
Two cats: Gershwin and Satchmo. Both a little too interested in being around us. Satchmo, our youngest, looks like a bobcar. He is huge. His voice is so high pitched I thought about naming him Aaron Neville.
When not working, you can find me:
Working on my house or at the part with my 2 year old son, Spencer.
Last movie you saw:
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Favorite sports team:
I like watching most sports on TV, but my absolute favorite is college football. Texas A&M is a perennial favorite.
"You're hired!" Sorry, I needed two words
Least favorite word:
Any word with a nagging or whining tone behind it.
What do you whistle when no one is listening?
I really don't whistle. I'm more of a half singer/half mumbler and I sing/mumble whatever tune is on the TV or radio.
Where do you go to think/not to think?
The car is a perfect place to do both.
What turns you on?
The smell of my grandfather's Ford pickup's interior
What turns you off?
Traffic congestion when I need to get somewhere fast.
What sound do you love?
My kid laughing.
What sound do you hate?
Any alarm clock!