• David Ira Roth

John Faieta - Trombonist & Professor

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

John talks some truth about the classical freelance world in Boston, he also performs some solo trombone live in the studio.

Recorded live at ZUMIX in Boston
Recorded live at ZUMIX in Boston

Freelance Finance is the show where we go in depth into the financial and personal lives of Boston based freelancers. It is hosted by David Ira Roth and airs Thursdays at 11am on 94.9FM in Boston (WZMR - ZUMIX Radio). You can also listen live at Listen to this episode in iTunes

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Trombones are the best

They are better than trumpets.

Trumpet players smell.

Meet John Faieta

Musician, father, artist.

Does he have a cat?

Telemann knows us,

Bach shows us. We wait for sound.

But it never comes.

I think school is cool

Better with the right teacher

Still glad it’s over *(By Julie Roth)

Beep Beep Boop a doop

I do not understand jazz

Can someone explain

*(By Julie Roth) Quiz Questions

1. On May 26, 2017, softball pitcher Mia Faieta pitched a perfect game for her team, striking out 21 consecutive batters. When was the last time the Red Sox pitched a perfect game?

A. Thursday, May 5, 1904 Pitched by Cy Young vs Philadelphia Athletics, pitched at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, which is where Northeastern is. Sadly Northeastern is too snooty to rebuild the field, and instead of a baseball park, sits an old stuffy campus. B. Monday, May 19, 2008 Jon Lester pitched a perfect game vs the Kansas City Royals. This game is also famous because of a local squirrel that made its way on-to the field during the 5th inning. At first, the squirrel was eating peanut shells from the fans, but he eventually found his way on the field, and they had a 10 minute delay of game because the squirrel kept chasing Right Fielder J.D. Drew. C. No pitcher has ever pitched a perfect game for the red-sox.

Note: Red sox have 18 no-hitters, and only one perfect game. On May 19, 2008 Lester pitched a memorable no-hitter, but not a perfect game.

2. The letter K denotes a strike-out in baseball, a 401(k) is a retirement savings plans. Which of the following is true about a 401(k):

A. The maximum amount you can contribute to a 401(k) in 2018 is $18,500, it is saved on a tax deferred basis, and you can choose between a few different investment option within. B. Your employer can choose which employees are able to contribute to a 401(k) plan and which employees cannot, in essence discriminating against the people they do not like. C. It gets its name from the 401 different varieties of Lemurs that are know in the US, and the creator of the 401(k) had a large pet lemur collection.

Note: There are lots of compliance considerations, and in order to avoid these, it is easiest to create a "safe-harbor" 401(k) that provides an employer match.

More Notes: An employer may choose to exclude employees who are covered under a collective bargaining agreement (unionized employees) or certain nonresident aliens.

3. The New York Stock Exchange was founded in 1792 with the Buttonwood agreement in New York City. What else happened in 1792:

A. George Washington lost all his teeth in a fist fight with Alexander Hamilton, the man who was at the time in charge of photos for the presidency - Hamilton felt so bad that he let Washington take all his photos with a closed mouth to conceal his lost teeth. B. The coinage act was passed establishing the US mint on April 2, 1792, with the penalty of death for debasement of cold or silvers coins. C. Cardi B decided that she “likes it like that” and through the power of time travel, moved forward to the year 2018 to dominate the rap charts.


1 = A

2 = A 3 = B

Song in this episode:

All music was performed live! Listen to hear the songs.

This episode was recorded live at Zumix Radio in East Boston.

Disclaimer: Any information provided is for informational purposes only. It cannot be used for the purposes of avoiding penalties or taxes.

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