Chris in Ireland in 2015, at the Cliffs of Moher

Your instrument/position in the orchestra:  

When did you join the Pacific Symphony?
1985, when the orchestra was playing at Santa Ana High School
Laurens, New York (population 5,000)
How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
14 years old (I played the trumpet starting when I was 10)
What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
“Parks and Recreation”
What’s your “desert island” piece of classical music? 
Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite”
Where do you like to hang out when you aren’t at Pacific Symphony?

Sailing, hiking, travel


Chris and wife Debbie played a recital in New York in 2014


Where else can we see you playing your instrument:
The Pasadena Symphony and on various recordings for film and television. Right now I am working on the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies: “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.  And coming this March we will begin recording music for Star Wars VIII.
Is there something besides music that you are passionate about that you would like people to know about you:
My wife and I are involved in historical re-enactment groups, especially a group called SCA (the Society for Creative Anachronism).  We dress in Medieval clothing and attend events on the weekend and sometimes weeklong camp-outs with thousands of people.  It’s a wonderful occasion with everyone in period clothing, sleeping in canvas tents, living and eating in 1300s style!  There are tournaments, sword fighting, crafts and cooking and perhaps a little drinking of ale 🙂

We are also involved in playing Irish music.  My wife, who is a cellist, plays Irish fiddle and I have taught my self to play the concertina.  We have traveled to Ireland for festivals and workshops.


This is our dog Bailey!

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