Those of us who are engaged in the fall edition of pageantry have been “at it” for a little over a month thus far. Each summer, as the start date for Band Camp creeps closer and closer, my level of apprehension is in direct proportion to the timeline: the closer we get the more apprehensive […]Read More It’s NOT better–it’s different
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
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
The lyrics are not reflective of this year, nor this senior class…but the title of the song most definitely is. It goes without saying (at least I hope it does) that I would, indeed, do “anything for you.” For all of you, not just the senior class. And while what follows is geared toward the […]Read More Anything For You…
For the first time in my career–perhaps life–I find myself enjoying a moment of peace and restfulness. I’m sitting on my deck at home, sipping a new coffee from my favorite coffee roaster in New Jersey (Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters – try them!) called “Ground Zero – Fat Man French Roast.” It’s 64 degrees outside, […]Read More 20 Years At The Helm – Whoddah Thunk It!
…thank you. It has been MONTHS since I took the time to post here and I’m not all that sure why. There were many times I had this particular post running around in my cluttered mind but simply didn’t make the time. Hmmm…that is unacceptable for me. I will attempt to be better at my […]Read More To Those Who Helped Shape This Life
In a couple of days I will begin my 18th season as director of the UDMB, and the 25th band camp of my professional life will be underway. 25 times I will have stood in front of a group of “rookies” and teach them to say “HUT!” real loud; 25 times I will have listened […]Read More Band Camp: one of my favorite times of year!
I honestly am not completely sure where to begin although I must first make a very bold statement: The 2011 UDMB is simply outstanding in every sense imaginable. Ok, blog post complete. ….alright, I’ll write more…. I best turn back the wheel of time and start with band camp–and what a band camp it was. […]Read More Resurrection FRIDAY and Just Catching Up
It’s true….I’m starting my 17th year at as director of the UDMB and technically that means I’m starting the 2nd half of my career! That’s right…only another 16-17 to go until I can sit in a rocking chair on a porch near a lake in some small and remote town in Maine while enjoying a […]Read More The Second Half Of My Career–Underway!