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Percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
I played with the Houston Ballet Orchestra from 2013 to 2016. I also played with the Cincinnati Symphony during the 2014–2015 season.
It came in a different order. I first wanted to play percussion after listening to parade bands and the percussion parts in all sorts of types of music from rock n roll to Latin. Eventually I found myself playing in a children’s orchestra and later a youth orchestra in Panama City, Panama. In my late teens, I couldn't envision myself doing something that didn't involve being in the middle of the sound of an orchestra, so I just stuck with it.
On my own, I love playing marimba and vibraphone. In the orchestra, probably the cymbals. When you see a cymbal player getting up from her/his chair, chances are something important is about to happen.
Indianapolis has a lot of amazing restaurants. I enjoy (in no particular order) Milktooth, Bluebeard, and Cafe Patachou, among many others. For lunch in between rehearsals, chances are you’ll see me at Subito.
It all depends on the mood of the night but I frequent Union 50, Pearl Street, Goodfellas Pizzeria with their awesome bourbon selection, and lately, Punch Bowl Social.
The gardens at Garfield Park are always beautiful spots for a stroll or going around the trail for a jog.
Definitely to the symphony! Some of the restaurants mentioned above. Also a walk around the Canal with a stop at one of the museums. Attending a sporting event – I’ve been mostly to Indianapolis Indians and Pacers games but certainly the Colts and Indy Eleven are always fun. I also like walking into the Chatterbox and catching some local jazz.
I am looking forward to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in mid-November at the Convention Center. It is a must-attend for me.
The orchestra schedule really leaves limited time for other performing arts organizations, but I’ve checked out dance organizations like Dance Kaleidoscope and Ballet Ballet. Even though I haven’t made it to the Indiana Repertory Theatre yet, a couple of plays, The Originalist and Noises Off, look interesting. As far as other concerts I’ve checked out, Snarky Puppy and Lettuce at the Vogue, as well as a number of shows at The Jazz Kitchen and a fascinating ensemble, Piffaro, which came to town as part of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival.
Most likely it would involve playing a round of golf at a course I haven’t been to. It would definitely involve trying out a new restaurant. I’ve been thinking lately about a long bike ride as well, so I would probably ride north to the Broad Ripple area or along one of the many bike trails.