THE FACTS: Born in Columbia, Maryland. Attended the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. Prior to the Philharmonic: principal trombone of the Atlanta and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras; performed with the Chicago, National, and Houston symphony orchestras; and was a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. Current teaching posts: Montclair State University and Rutgers University. Most recent recording: Roadwork with former Atlanta Symphony colleagues. At the Philharmonic: Joined September 2014.
WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY? Seeing Star Wars when I was four: John Williams’s scores were my first step into the sound of an orchestra. He’s a genius, and one of the most inspiring composers to me. When I was at the Atlanta Symphony, he conducted us and I got to talk to him; he was so cool and humble — just another guy making music.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH? Mahler’s Second Symphony, when I was a high school sophomore. I learned it from a recording with Bernstein that introduced me to the New York Philharmonic’s sound, which I aspired to throughout my education and career.
WHAT ELSE DID YOU DO GROWING UP? Baseball, musical theater (I was the lead in Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along in eighth grade), and National Honor Society.
WHAT OTHER INSTRUMENTS DO YOU PLAY? Bass trumpet, euphonium, alto trombone, tenor trombone, and bass trombone. Between my wife (who’s also a trombonist) and me, we own 10 or 11 different instruments!
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT WITH THE PHILHARMONIC? It was when I was a substitute, playing Maazel’s The Ring Without Words at Carnegie Hall. It was a really meaningful experience to be in the middle of the Philharmonic sound that I’d always loved.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO PLAY ALONGSIDE YOUR FORMER TEACHERS DAVID FINLAYSON AND PRINCIPAL TROMBONE JOSEPH ALESSI? I get to play with two of my most important musical influences and one of my best friends (bass trombone George Curran was in my wedding). I feel really lucky.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? My wife, Nicole, and I explore New York’s restaurant scene, play video games, and travel — and we’re redesigning our one-bedroom apartment to accommodate our first child in June!
As of May 2016