A self-taught clarinetist, I was good enough to join my junior high school performing band only after 3 months of practice.
I continued playing in high school and college performing bands as well as in the orchestra pit for such school productions as "Hello Dolly" and "South Pacific".
During balmy New York summer nights, I would often travel to the "city" to see live performances of the Goldman Band in Lincoln Center's Damrosh Park Band shell.
I also enjoyed whenever the New York Philharmonic came to perform outdoors at one of the city parks.
There I saw my favorite clarinetist of all, Stanley Drucker, who retired in 2009 after playing 60 years with the Philharmonic.
Life was musically great growing up in New York City.
Then a strange thing happened...I stopped playing for about 30 years only, to be reawakened in 2008 by a friend who casually said,
"I am in the Town North Band here in Dallas...why don't you come and see if you like it?"
So I came, I liked, and kept on coming every week.
I realized that I missed that creative part of my life while "keeping my day job".
Little by little, I then joined other community bands.
BANDS/GROUPS I HAVE PLAYED OR AM PLAYING IN
*Town North Concert Band
*Richardson Community Band
*New Horizons Band Dallas
After graduating with a Physics/Secondary BA degree, I taught high school science a few years before going back to school
for my Mechanical Engineering degree.
My next few positions were in R&D.
I worked for Lockheed Martin where among numerous missile programs, I also worked years developing the Heat
Rejection Subsystem panels for NASAs Space Station.
Next, I then worked 11 years at Abbott Labs Diagnostics Division
where I help design various
Then I spent the next 8 years at Corning where I helped develop
numerous fiber optic products, accumulating 11 patents in the process,
one of which was worth more than $50M to the company.
My wife, Polly
married 32 years
My son, Josh
just turned 30 and is a professional Technical Writer for a finance company
Music, listening, performing, and clarinet maintenance/set up
As a high school senior, I made 2 student films that won awards at the NYC Arts Festival and the
Queens Borough Library Contest.
Although I may have had a talent for filmmaking, I never made another film after that.