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Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I used to tune pianos. I wore an Afro in the '70s. I played and sang in a funk band. I was a Sousaphonist in the University of Memphis Marching band. I did roofing and bartending while in Chattanooga during the summers.
Funniest concert moment:In a pops concert overture, I let out an extremely loud sneeze between the last two chords. I took a bow for it!
Daily practice rituals: Daily???? When I practice, I warm up with large muscle exercises such as long tones, large interval shifts (known as vomits in the bass world), scales, combined with: a) fingering patterns, b) rhythms, c) bowing patterns, and d) improvisatory patterns on each scale degree. Also, I will learn to transpose a jazz tune to a few keys and improvise on it.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "What is that extra piece of fingerboard at the top of your bass for?" My answer: "It's an extension and allows me to play the extremely low notes that are often needed in orchestral music." Or sometimes people ask, "Don't you wished you chose the piccolo?"
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: My favorite aspect of playing in the NPO is the orchestra's ability to play at a generally high level regardless of the music (or conductor) that is in front of us.