I joined the Glenview community Band in 2013 after moving back to the area with my wife.
When I was in 4th grade, the 96-97 school year, I began both the Trumpet and Cello, though I dropped the Cello going into my senior year of high school. So about 22 years.
I think I chose these because my neighbors who were a couple years older than me each played one of these, and I wanted to be cool like them?
My favorite piece that I have ever played is Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger, which I had the pleasure to play in it’s entirety twice, once as a sophomore at Buffalo Grove High School, and once again as a freshman at Northern Illinois University. My favorite pieces to listen to are Danzon No. 2 by Marquez, Moanin’ by Mingus, American Salute by Gould, and the soundtrack to Hamilton.
One of the more memorable muck-ups I’ve had performing was my Junior year of high school, and we played our spring concert at Pick-Staiger at Northwestern. It was a long demanding concert, and we ended it with Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music. If you don’t know, it ends with a Brass chorale somewhat akin to the opening of 1812. Well by this point, my standmate and I’s chops were completely shot. I assumed he would take the first few bars, and I would take the next few and we’d trade off. Well we get to the climax, and I assume he’d take the first shot. Nothing. The melody of the chorale was non-existent. He thought I was going to take it. It wasn’t funny to anyone but us, but we started laughing hysterically, and it took us a good 16 bars to regroup while our director was shooting daggers out of his eyes.
I go through different musical “moods” throughout the year, so I can’t nail down a consistent favorite, but you can never go wrong listening to Linkin Park, and other early 2000s hard rock.
Anything minty. Mint chocolate chip, mint oreo, candy cane.
My wife and I are currently in the middle of binging the TV show Blacklist.
In addition to trying to be the best father and husband I can be, I also enjoy crocheting.]]>