National Orchestral Institute, 2021–22; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 2022; Hong Kong Sinfonietta, 2016–18; Asian Youth Orchestra, 2015
My grandpa playing violin, The Rabbit of Seville of Bugs Bunny, Disney’s Fantasia, and an old cassette of Jascha Heifetz performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto that I found on the bookshelf of my childhood home.
Playing John Williams’ music! I think any brass player can relate to that.
Mahler’s 9th Symphony or any Brahms symphonies. I can always find something new every time I play or listen to them.
Piano or percussion instruments
When an audience member said I gave them goosebumps
Bill Caballero, Gail Williams, and Richard “Gus” Sebring. They inspired me to become not only a better musician but also a better person.
Too many! A few of them in my head right now: Joni Mitchell, Bill Evans, Anita O’Day, and Fleet Foxes.
A pilot! I love aviation and I have perfect eyesight.
Blowing air into a brass instrument won’t make any sound. The pitch is created by the buzz stream from the lips. The instrument is just an amplifier.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, as long as you are learning from them. Always be kind. Listen more, and trust your ears.