From our facebook page: a profile of
Matthew Vaughn, co-principal trombone
Hometown: Dallas, TX / Richmond, IN
Philadelphia Orchestra member since: 1999
What are your hobbies?
--I enjoy exercise, cats, cooking, skiing, and water skiing
People would be surprised to know that...
--The infamous Jim Jones was my uncle. He married my Aunt Marceline, not a blood relative!
What has been your favorite orchestra tour, and why?
--I've had so many great memories from tours, like hiking the Great Wall and eating fried scorpions in China. But tour is always more fun with family. Bringing the family to Vienna and Edinburgh was a highlight, getting young boys to try haggis!
What goes through your mind right before the big solo in Bolero?
--Phew, I'm glad it's Nitzan playing it tonight!
Do you play any instruments other than the trombone in the Orchestra?
--on occasion I get to play euphonium and alto trombone, which is a cute baby version of my normal trombone.
Did you ever serve in the US Armed Forces?
--Sir, yes, sir. The US Air Force Band in Washington DC.