Ken was a professional trumpet player and Laurie was a community organizer before we retired in 2007. Now we enjoy fishing and sailing as well as traveling throughout the country to visit our three kids and extended family. We also enjoy international and extended travel including trips to the British Isles, Western Europe, Alaska, Turkey and Greece.
Here is Ken's bio from his performance days(2005):
Ken Lake is a professional trumpet player playing all kinds of music throughout Northwest Arkansas and beyond. He played twelve years with the North Arkansas Symphony and ten years with the Music Festival of Arkansas Orchestra. He plays Jazz, Blues, Funk and Folk music as well. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arkansas. He also studied music at the University of Michigan (where he received a degree in Physics), at Harvard College, the University of North Carolina, and with numerous private teachers.
Ken has had a varied career working first as an astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, then spending two years in South America studying social anthropology and ethnomusicology before settling in Arkansas to farm for twenty years. He spent ten years as a nationally prominent environmental forester and was eventually employed by the U.S. Forest Service. In his spare time he has built and restored several houses. Ken now spends most of each day working in his music studio at his home on Beaver Lake.
His musical talents have taken him well beyond orchestral performance. Currently he plays in Three Brass Quintets, Two Big Bands, The Arkansas Winds, Numerous Combos and Church Orchestras. He especially enjoys playing Trumpet and Organ Music for Churches and Weddings. Ken and his wife, Laurie, have three grown children and a new son-in-law and grandson. They travel often to visit them in Austin, Chicago and San Francisco.
Laurie's career in community organizing started when we lived in the backwoods of Newton County, Arkansas. She organized a loan fund for the organic growers cooperative and spearheaded a community resource council which provided numerous services and recreational oportunities in a rural community. These included operating a second-hand clothing store and food bank, managing a city park and raising funds for a county recycling center.
After marrying Ken in 1991 and moving to Fayetteville (later Rogers) she managed the music business, Ken Lake, Trumpet. That included becoming a sound engineer and graphic designer for the CDs we recorded for several of the groups Ken played with. She also spent a year as the general manager of the North Arkansas Symphony while Ken was the personel manager and "second trumpet- assistant principle."