David Crane joined SCO as a founding member in 1984. He had been a member of two of SCO’s predecessor orchestras: the Salem Symphony (1968-1982) and Salem Community Symphony (1957-1962). His most significant musical influences have been his parents, early teachers, and the staff at Kendall Betts Horn Camp, which he has been attending the last few years. David’s primary teachers were S. Earl Saxton and Ross Taylor of the San Francisco Symphony. He has done further study with Charles Yukl, Anton Veleba (Vienna), Wendell Hoss, and Waldemar Linder.
Question & Answer
What is your favorite part about being an orchestral musician? Being part of the ensemble.
What is the best thing about being a member of SCO? The horn section!
If you could perform any one piece, what would it be? If I could only perform one, it would be the Brahms Horn Trio again – this time on a Vienna Horn. If it was any piece I have not done, it would be the fourth horn part to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
First recording you ever bought: Around the Horn by Joseph Eger
All time favorite musician: John Barrows
Least favorite orchestral work: Bolero!
On your fantasy night off, you would: Play bluegrass!
You cannot go onstage without: My music readers!
Favorite movie: Tight Little Island
Music you most like to listen to: For relaxing – Jazz, blues, bluegrass
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate, of course!
Favorite saying: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Your worst moment on stage: Bad page turns and poor lighting
If you hadn’t become a musician, you would have been: An auto restorer/mechanic
Pet peeve: Jacked up pickups with lights too high
Favorite drink: Island single malt with a Beamish Stout chaser and/or a good Burgundy-style pinot noir.
One thing nobody knows about you: I love birds.
Favorite holiday: Camping in solitude