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Snapshot: Roger Post, Jr



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Occupation: Although it is on hold at the moment, my main occupation is as a drummer/percussionist, who plays throughout Connecticut, Westchester County, and New York City.

Family: My wife, Sabrina; my twins, Mylis and Colin; my stepsons, Michael and Christopher; daughters-in-law, Mariel and Jennifer; and step-grandchildren, Ayden and Garrett. My parents are still living and are in Danbury. Two sisters with families, as well.

Pets: I used to have two beautiful huskies, but they now live with my twins in Massachusetts.

How long have you lived in Newtown? Since April 1993.

What do you like to do in your free time? I’m an avid RC modeler, so I fly as much as possible, when the weather cooperates. I also do small projects around the house, and occasionally practice the drums.

What is your favorite book? State of Fear by Michael Crichton. It’s a very interesting read.

What is your favorite travel destination? Any grass airport that has a taildragger airplane I can fly. I’m also a commercial pilot with an instrument rating.

What is the best part about Newtown? The farms and big open fields. As I drive around its land mass, I’m constantly surprised at what I see tucked away in the town’s various areas.

What has been the greatest influence in your life? Music.

If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? My maternal grandmother, who was a saint. She lived on a farm, and during the Great Depression, she used to feed the homeless hobos who rode the rails and occasionally stopped by the farm.

Who is your favorite musical artist? Count Basie Band, particularly the 1952-1962 band. This band swings like no other, and its drummer, Sonny Payne, was phenomenal.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever been given? To play one type of music as aggressively as I play another type of music. This came from a trumpet player who used to play in the Basie Band, decades ago.

What is your proudest accomplishment? My twins, Mylis and Colin. They are incredibly smart and have done well for themselves after college. I must add my wife, Sabrina, had a huge part in their overall achievements.

If you could travel to the past or future, which would you choose and why? I would travel to the past to visit some of the WWI aerodromes in France and Germany. Fascinating times in aviation development, along with some very brave men who flew those planes.

What is your favorite food? Filet mignon with scalloped potatoes are high on the list.

What is your favorite TV show? My favorite TV show was Boston Legal and the main reason for that is James Spader and his terrific acting as character Alan Shore. Plus the show’s writing took on controversial topics, at the time, and dealt with them in an interesting way.

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Casablanca. Two words: Ilsa Lund.

Roger Post, Jr, is this week's Snapshot profile. —photo courtesy Roger Post, Jr
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