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George DonnerName: George Donner
Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Instrument: Oboe

How old were you when you first started playing your instrument?
I was 12 years old (7th grade) when I got my first oboe. I had previously tried piano and clarinet, but my teachers were getting discouraged.

In high school, what was your favorite band / group / singer?
I don't recall having a favorite band / group / singer when I was in high school. Mostly I was into track and cross country.

What piece of music have you played the most in your life?
The pieces I have played the most times are either "Star Spangled Banner" or Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride". Probably Sleigh Ride, because I've played it every Christmas since the 7th grade.

If you were given the opportunity to learn a new instrument, what would it be and why?
Maybe the cello. It has such a warm, beautiful sound when played well, and can be so expressive.

(Featured in the October 30, 2011, program.)