I have been up to various musical shenanigans since I started playing the piano in the first grade. Eight years of piano lessons was headed in the direction of assistant to the church organist when I escaped as 2nd trombone once removed in the middle school band. After that, I spent years tinkering with everything from banjo to guitar to ukulele to mandolin. More recently I have played electric bass in a group called the Hardy Boys, playing covers for local street fairs and elementary school events. I started coming to School of HONK last April with my dad’s old trombone. I switched to the sousaphone when it was clear that not enough people were sufficiently terrified by my trombone playing. I am willing to wear ridiculously polka dotted pants in the name of great music! In my free time, I run a consulting company that engineers prototype hardware for renewable energy startups. I also design and build custom tandem, recumbent, cargo, and kids bicycles.