What concerto did you audition with?
The required solo for my audition was the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Tuba.
What is your favorite restaurant in SLC?
My favorite restaurant to go to with my friends is The Pie, and for a night out with my wife, Log Haven.
How many years have you been playing your instrument?
I’ve been playing the tuba for 51 years. This is indeed a miracle, as I am only 39 years old.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is from Emerson: “Our greatest joy is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail”.
What orchestral piece do you find most enjoyable to play?
My favorite piece to perform is Mahler Symphony #2. My least favorite piece to perform is Nicolas Slonimsky’s, “My Toy Balloon”. I don’t know why, but it drives me crazy.
What advice would you give to young musicians?
If you want to become a true artist listen to and study great singers and great violinists. If you want to secure perfect rhythm and pitch, don’t listen to great singers or great violinists.
What is one unusual item on your bucket list?
One unusual item on my bucket list is to jump out of an airplane; preferably with a parachute on.