The boot camp is a mere 19 days away. The newcomers must have some questions. The veterans probably do as well.
Don't be shy. Perhaps everyone could post a brief bio about themselves, just to get started.
I'll go first:
Kim Pineda was born in Pasadena, California. His childhood was filled with all the usual things a child has in a loving home, and recordings of classical music and jazz were a regular part of the day. After a few episodes with local, county, and federal law enforcement officers, Kim discovered a better way to be a rebellious, reclusive teenager: playing and studying early music. This choice, however, was not without consequences. In addition to the ribbing about playing recorder, Kim's non-musical friends were a little concerned about his priorities. "You want to play a broke flute? Why not get a good one?"
Described as looking more like a piano mover than a professional musician, some say a sight gag ensues when the biggest person in the ensemble walks on stage with the smallest instrument. Studying music and historical performance practices led, somehow, to the study of zymurgy, which during his early years of graduate school made him very popular.
When not involved in music, Kim and his wife Marika enjoy cooking, hiking, and birding. In their spare time they read non-fiction, try new recipes, tend to their garden, chase after their Cairn terrier, Paisley.