Interests and Hobbies



My main interest outside work and family is music.  I am originally a French Horn player and really enjoy playing brass quintet/sextet music ala Canadian Brass.  After moving to the Mount Vernon, Iowa, area I switched instruments to the E-flat Alto Horn (the closest instrument to the French Horn allowed by traditional British-style Brass Bands) so that I could participate in the Eastern Iowa Brass Band for about 5 years.  Most recently I have gone back to my French Horn, performing with the Cornell College Orchestra, the Iowa City String Orchestra, the Iowa City Municipal Band and the Mount Vernon Municipal Band.  I have also joined the handbell choir at the Mount Vernon First Presbyterian Church.  I hadn't played the bells in about 20 years and am enjoying the challenge very much!

I also enjoy outside activities including camping, swimming and hiking.

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