Happy New Year everyone! We hope everyone is successfully keeping all of their unrealistic resolutions (I've managed to put fifty cents in my savings account so far!). One thing we should all resolve to do is get to know more of the amazing musicians in the MMC! Taking the plunge this month is Brooklyn Wind Symphony percussionist and everyone's favorite bar owner, Matt Torrey!
Name: Matt Torrey
Occupation: Bar owner, bartender
What's your favorite thing about your day job? My job hours give me the flexibility to spend time with my kids during the day. And I like drinking.
Instrument: Percussion (actually, I'm a drummer but I play in the percussion section.)
How long have you been playing with the BKWS? My first cycle was Lord of the Rings, so 5 years I think.
How did you get started with the MMC? Some of the members came into my bar after practice one night about 5 or 6 years ago. It just so happened they were looking for a triangle player. I passed the audition, and the rest is history.
What's your favorite MMC memory? I would have to say Carnegie Hall--definitely the greatest venue I've ever played. I also remember being able to hear a lot better.
What's the first thing that comes up on your ipod when you press shuffle? Probably the band Spoon.
New Years Resolution? I think they're overrated so I never make one.
Favorite drink to make/favorite to drink? Beer and tequila.
What's your typical Sunday routine? Hang out with my kids (Dylan 6yrs, Sara 9yrs).
Give us a "local" New York/Brooklyn recommendation: Favorite breakfast - Jimmy's Diner on Union near McCarren Park.
Finish this sentence: "I knew I was a musician when...." I learned to play the recorder in elementary school music class. It came naturally.