August 15, 2015 Music, Sailing, York River

Sailing to Music

I finally found someone with a better job than mine, playing music.

While sailing the York River, Bob Gravener talked about playing trumpet for Pope Francis when he arrives in Philadelphia next month. He and his wife Eloise Tomei live in Bordentown, New Jersey, which puts him centrally located to New York and Philly for musical gigs. He just played in a band performing for the Phillies baseball team. For the Pope, he will join the Philadelphia Pops and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to play Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” on the mall at the Liberty Center.

The couple travels to Italy, where Bob is recruited for private sessions in various venues. They loved Capri. “Capri has huge yachts,” Eloise said. “It was just stunning.”

Bob has also played for Bob Newhart’s traveling show and once accompanied Barbra Streisand. To look at his face and demeanor, he’s the most serene man I’ve had aboard this season, secure in his talent and his life. As for Eloise, she works in Development at Princeton University and just completed a $2 billion capital campaign. She was pretty relaxed after that ordeal.


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