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Michael PaynterName: Michael Paynter
Hometown: Huntington, Indiana
Instrument: Horn
Years in MSO: One Year

How old were you when you first started playing your instrument?
I was about 12 when I started the French horn. I was originally a trumpet player.

 

In high school, what was your favorite band/group/singer?
Queen, among others.

 

What piece of music have you played the most in your life?
Joseph Labor's "Theme and Variations." It was the piece that won me an ISSMA gold for the first time.

 

If you were given the opportunity to learn a new instrument, what would it be and why?
Definitely trombone. I've listened to quite a bit of jazz and Dixieland trombone, and I've always wanted to play like those guys.

(Featured in the March 10, 2013, program.)