Why did you choose your current instrument?
They told me all tuba players also play double bass. I thought it was a law.
What do you like about playing with a symphony orchestra? What's your favorite piece(s) of music to play on the bass?
I love being totally surrounded by the sound and the energy of all the performers and our audience. My favorite pieces are Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, and anything by Prokofiev, especially Peter and the Wolf. I may be the only person who has narrated Peter and the Wolf while playing in the orchestra.
How do you spend your time outside of the PSO?
For over fifty years I’ve been a luthier and, up until three years ago, a lighting designer and a freelance theater techie. I also play with the NH Philharmonic, Seacoast Wind Ensemble, Exeter Town Band, and Willows Concert Band.
Watch John Stewart demonstrate his double bass.