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Randy Olson

November 2, 2014

Instrument: Clarinet

Occupation: Recently retired from a career in marketing.


How long have you been with the Plymouth Concert Band?

I played the first year the band was organized and have returned on occasion over the last 15 years.


Where do you live?

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Where did you grow up/siblings?

Grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Oldest of 3 kids. I have a younger sister and younger brother. My father taught junior high band in the Robbinsdale school district.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

Play “Frozen” with my 2-year-old granddaughter. She plays the part of Elsa. I play the part of the snow monster.


If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Watch a scary movie. Many years ago, I once inadvertently gave my 8-year-old daughter nightmares when she and I stayed up late to watch the 1958 movie “The Blob.” Now 25, she still reminds of this bright shining example of bad parenting.


If money was no object, what would you do all day?

Travel the world. Fill up my passport with stamps from every corner of the planet.


What is the most memorable place you’ve traveled?

Shanghai, visiting our son who is an English teacher there.


What does your perfect day look like?

Sleeping late. Bacon for breakfast. Listening to jazz. Watching old movies. Playing with 2-year-old Abby.  


What one thing would you change if you had to do it over?

I would have practice my clarinet more often.


If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

1945. I would have loved to hear the big bands of the 40s in their heyday.


What is the best advice you have received in life?

Stay low and keep moving.


What is your favorite book/movie/song?

Psycho. For its two important life lessons 1. Things are seldom what they appear to be. 2. Never stay in a motel that’s off the main highway.


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