As a young musician fresh out of graduate school in Chicago, I was auditioning all over the country for the coveted orchestral job, which I thought was the only job for me. When a spot opened up in Washington, DC with the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, I was intrigued. What would it be like to play in a band of this caliber? It was fantastic. I retired from the Marine Band in 2016 after 26 years. In addition to touring and performing with the Marine Band, I also freelanced in orchestras in the DC area, and taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I wanted to do something different after retiring, so my husband and I went on a three-month road trip with our teardrop camper, and upon our return to Maryland, decided to sell the house, cars, and furniture, and live on a boat. We cruised on our trawler, Balena, for two years, spending one winter in the Bahamas, and one summer on a trip from Florida up to Montreal, with lots of miles in between. Our latest adventure was settling down in Amherst last year where we’re closer to family, and can enjoy the beautiful Pioneer Valley. I still do a bit of freelancing in DC and out west, and I enjoy teaching. I was so fortunate to meet Brian Messier last year, and I really enjoy getting to play in a wind ensemble again.
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