UDCG – So Proud!

25 years of directing the UDMB has given me the privilege of working with thousands of students. Yeah…thousands. Crazy but true. I have loved every band I’ve ever worked with. Every year the band has a different personality all based upon the personnel in the ensemble. You remove or add just one person and the […]

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“To Boldly Go”…year 25

I remember thinking: “I have never stayed anywhere longer than 4 years other than the house I grew up in.” I remember thinking: “5 years already? Wow!” I remember thinking: “How did 10 years go by so fast?” I remember thinking: “I wish George was still here to celebrate 20 years with Jim and I.” […]

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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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More Than ‘Just Enough’

We live during a time in the world when doing just enough is considered not only acceptable, but also a mark of achievement and success. Well…not me. “What’s next?” “How can we get better?” “What other experiences can I provide others?” “What other adventures are out there?” These are the questions I ask myself regularly. […]

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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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True Leadership

(I was going to do this in pieces on Facebook but this seems more appropriate.) There are all sorts of buzz words, catch phrases, pieces of advice that we think of when we consider the definition of “true leadership.” At the end of the day I suppose it boils down to just one thing:  did […]

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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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