Been a number of months since I’ve posted and, as it is with everyone else in the world life has certainly kept moving along. Today I started the last summer workshop I share with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. It is always a bittersweet weekend–we love hanging together, working with young adults, etc., but we both know […]Read More Old Friends –Still Teaching Me
The other evening two good friends shared with me something that was at first funny but quickly began to actually frighten me. Our discussion that followed, rooted in what we had watched, has stayed with me–almost haunting me. As a teacher I have many responsibilities but perhaps the most important one of all is accountability. […]Read More All Hype And No Substance….
Anyone who as ever participated in marching band or drum corps or any of the pageantry arts knows the feeling. There is a “buzz” that starts a couple of weeks before the activity begins. There is anticipation, excitement, and even a sense of nervousness in the air. You simply cannot wait for it to begin! […]Read More We Can’t Wait For It To Begin…
This is not a religious post–but it is about the definition of the word. In fact, let us begin with that: According to Merriam Webster, the basic definition of the word ‘faith’ is strong belief or trust in someone or something. There are times when a series of circumstances tests our faith. Days when nothing seems to go […]Read More Faith…found in the oddest places at times
I wrote to some very dear friends this past weekend the following words: During the course of any given year I approach my role with the UDMB, Symphonic Band, student teachers and any other encounter with my students as a chance to “provide a life changing experience they would not have if not for band.” […]Read More Feeding Your Soul
We all see the slogans about overcoming adversity. We all see the inspirational quotes on Pinterest and Facebook and every other social media interface about perseverance, commitment, pushing the envelope, achieving your goals, etc. And for the most part every person subscribes to the 144 character life changing moment for, well just a moment. Unfortunately those moments […]Read More Pushing Beyond Your Limits
This time of year is always challenging for me. Some of it is the winter blues that everyone tends to get to one degree or another. Some of it is the end of two incredibly intense seasons (summer–DMA and fall–UDMB) that always come to a screeching halt once football concludes. After months playing the role […]Read More A Winter’s Gift