I loved music from a very early age. My parents were musicians, and my father was also a music teacher. I learned to play piano when I was four, on the upright grand piano that my parents still have and on a studio piano that belonged to my grandmother. I had a child's organ and a small drum set by the time I was six. My parents bought me a trumpet when I was eight. They bought me a better trumpet when I was twelve. They bought me a wooden soprano recorder when I was in my early teens. I was in school band from the sixth grade on through graduation. I was in school choir my junior and senior years. I was in church choir as a teenager.
As an adult, I sing tenor. I still have
the (better) trumpet and the wooden soprano recorder from my youth.
I also have a wooden tenor recorder, as well as plastic sopranino, soprano,
alto, and tenor recorders (pictured left). I own one six string and
one twelve string acoustic guitars, and two
acoustic bass guitars, one four string
and one five string. I play a bowed psaltery (pictured center) and
a hammered dulcimer (pictured right). I own a small Yamaha synthesizer.
And the piano that belonged to my grandmother is now in my house.
In late 1997, I formed a Renaissance/folk band named Minstrosity . (The link is to the band's home page.) During our run, we recorded three albums.
I also enjoy listening to these varied kinds
of music: classical, folk, Irish, new age, rock and roll, techno, jazz,