Name: Tracy E. Leonard
Hometown: Medford, NJ
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 10
Who have been your greatest musical influences? Randy Gardner, my horn teacher all through high school, and Joni Mitchell.
Who are your favorite composers? Brahms, Prokofiev, Shostakovich.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Probably biology. Working in a lab doing some kind of research.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Ben Folds.
Your hobbies and interests: Tennis, golf, movies, food, old tube amps.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I love cool pens.
Funniest concert moment:Inhaling a bug playing Lion King at a pops concert. It was gross.
Daily practice rituals: Taking the hardest licks in my music and practicing them over and over, slow to fast – with a ballgame on.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "Why did you choose the French horn?" My answer: "In fifth grade, they needed one in the school band."
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: The people I work with. They're awesome.