Dad began teaching me the bagpipes around nine or ten and suggested I learn the flute in junior high. One day when I was practicing, he came into my room with a set of bongos and told me, "I'm going to lay down a beat and I want you to improvise." When I told him I didn't know how, he said, "Just play what ever you feel like." From there I never looked back and will always be grateful.
What gear do you use?
I play a solid silver Azumi, an affordable student model flute made by Altus.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Other than my Dad, my biggest musical influence by far has been Herbie Mann. He was a true innovator and played with the musicians of what ever parrticular genre he was recording.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I currently play the flute in the Temple Beth Emet band. I play the pipes with the Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I love jamming with the two bands that I'm in now but historically speaking, it would have been great to jam with Herbie Mann but at least I got to meet him.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Biggest audience was when I soloed on the pipes at the Penzoil 400 in Homestead. Not sure about the smallest.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?