A New Generation of Flight

Once upon a time there was a boy who could fly. He was described as having a cat-like ability to leap upwards with very little effort. His ability to lift into the air would generate energy within others in a way few have been able to replicate. The boy could fly and his ability was […]

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Making Memories

I recently read a very good post on Facebook from a wonderful colleague in the leadership field which you may read here.  He wrote about how band can get hard, how band isn’t always fun, and why.  While I agree with many points I personally disagree with one key point: I remember an enormous amount […]

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Old Friends –Still Teaching Me

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 […]

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Starting the Third Decade…

It was the spring of 1995 and it was just another job. That’s right: A JOB. For after all, what is being a band director at a major university: nothing more than a paycheck. Right? …not even close. I did not know then that I would spend the rest of my life in Delaware. At […]

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Traditions…

The eve before Thanksgiving. I’m sitting here in my family room with the fireplace a blaze…it’s still snowing outside albeit much less than earlier in the day. Delaware got its share of slush…the usual for this part of the eastern corridor. Tomorrow I will enjoy the company of friends–the turkey is ready for the oven, […]

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Anything For You…

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 […]

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It’s About Everyone Else

There was a man who once said, “I love watching lots of people doing great things.”  This man was correct as there is perhaps nothing more rewarding than a group of individuals working together toward a common goal.  In this case we are talking about over 400 people (330 in the UDMB and another 70+ volunteers–parents, […]

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