When not rehearsing or performing on stage with the BSO, you will most likely find me…playing golf, working out, coaching my kids sports or staying on the sidelines and trying not to be an overzealous parent.
If I had not decided to become a professional musician, I may have become a…teacher. I love watching kids having fun learning.
To unwind, I listen to…classic rock or U2.
In the car, I listen to…talk radio mostly, but if I crank up some tunes it’s likely to be the Dave Matthews Band, Ben Folds or U2. However, now that I have teen-agers I seem to have lost control of the radio. The up-side of that is now I know all the new “Fall-Out Boy” tunes. (Is that really an up-side?)
The ring tone on my cell phone is…”ring”.
The last book I read was…Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season. (Sorry Mr. Angelos, I grew up there).
People would be surprised to know that…I lead worship, play keyboard and sing in a praise band on Sunday mornings at my church.
The non-musical accomplishments that I am most proud of are…Jason, Naomi and Adam Prechtl.
My favorite vacation spot is…Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The last movie I saw was…Transformers (sad, isn’t it?)
Do you play any other instruments? You mean besides the 100 or so I have to master as a percussionist? Yes, I started on the guitar and I can still get around a bit on that, but I’ve lost my calluses, I also play some keyboard/piano - but mostly I play like it like a percussion instrument.
My most embarrassing musical moment was…I once put a pair of cymbals down on a tray table that wasn’t centered over the stand and the entire set-up went crashing to the ground in the quietest moment of a piece. Ouch.
An extremely positive musical experience that I have had is…hearing other people play something I have written, that I’ve only heard in my head, is the biggest rush you could possibly imagine.
If I could spend a day with any composer, it would be…James Taylor – He seems like a great guy and he has left us an amazing musical legacy.