Name: Tom May
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 7
Who have been your greatest musical influences? My cello teachers Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Janina Ehrlich and my college orchestra teacher Dan Culver.
Who are your favorite composers: Beethoven, Stephenson.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I was in architecture class junior year in high school when my brother decided I needed to play bass in a jazz band – so much for architecture.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Rush, Metallica.
Your hobbies and interests: I enjoy playing golf and soccer.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I own a small honey company, including 35 bee hives.
Funniest concert moment: It has to be conductor Tim Russell in the devil costume on Halloween.
Daily practice rituals: I practice with my daughter every morning.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "Why is it orange?" My answer: "It has to match my hair."
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: The best part is the cool people I work with. Everyone is so easy-going and fun to work and play with.