IN THE BEGINNING... I was born at a very early age in Hollywood, California. By sheer coincidence, my dad was also born in Hollywood...AND, at the same age, too! I literally grew up in the theatre -- the theatre my father built. It was called the Horseshoe Stage Theatre. We lived in a small apartment just above the theatre. He sold the property back in the 1970s and it's now known as The Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Ave. My dad is a character actor and a bit of a nut, which worked out well since my mother was a psychiatric social worker. ON RELIGION... Neither of my parents was religious, but we celebrated Christmas every year. Since we lived a mostly Jewish area of L.A., my mom wanted us to learn about the holidays of our neighbors. We were perhaps the only house in the neighborhood with both a Christmas tree AND a menorah! Thinking that some kind of church might be helpful to growing kids, my mom took us to a Unitarian church for a short while. Well, I suppose that even a Unitarian church was too much nonsense to handle because we never went back. When asked about my religion, I used to say that I had none, as if I was deficient somehow. But then I thought about it and finally realized that I am the one who is normal. There was no god or heaven or hell. That was just stuff they made up a long time ago to get people to fall into line. Everyone -- every baby -- is born an atheist, but luckily I was never indoctrinated into believing a bunch of ancient mythologies like so many of my classmates had. I was the normal one and they were the ones living with delusions. I don't believe in gods for the same reason that most people don't believe in pixies and leprechauns -- they're simply not real. When I was very young, I thought that Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were all very real. But I grew up and out of those delusions. It's too bad so many other people are still living with theirs. ON MUSIC... I always remember my mom playing the piano and singing. Ever since I was old enough to sit up, I had some kind of "instrument" in my hand to play along. Oh, it might have only been a wooden spoon and a saucepan to most observers, but it was a mighty kettle drum to me. In the seventh grade, I took up the trombone in the beginning band class. I did so well, I was accepted into the Cal Arts Youth Orchestra where I had to learn to play "real" music (symphonies, etc.), rather than just the easy arrangements available in the junior high band. It was exhilarating! I also joined the Los Angeles City Youth Band and met many wonderful people and performed in parades and concerts for many years. Intent on getting a degree in music, I entered Cal State University, Northridge as a music major. I did not finish school there, leaving to find full-time employment. Music eventually factored into my career path. For several years, I was a music editor for film and television productions, including "The Simpsons." The musical training allowed me to work more closely with the composers and arrangers as they created a production's soundtrack. It had been about twenty years since I hung up my horn when I left school. I realized how much I missed performing in an ensemble. I searched out community bands in my area and finally settled in with the Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds, at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Since 1998, I have been playing regularly, performing in concerts locally and around the world. For most of those years, I have been the ensemble's principal trombonist. Though I've changed careers a few times, the trombone will stay with me forever. ------------------------------- This Facebook profile may contain copyrighted material that was not specifically authorized by the copyright owner. The owner of the profile believes this constitutes “fair use” of copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. If you wish to use copyrighted material contained within this profile for your own purposes that go beyond “fair use,” you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
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