A good friend sent me a text early Sunday morning, the day after the party. It said, in part: You have made a difference in so many peoples lives. You should be proud. While what he wrote is true, it is still not the first nor even the second thought that comes to mind. I […]Read More Homecoming #25 — WOW!
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 […]Read More Starting the Third Decade…
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, […]Read More It’s About Everyone Else
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!
Sometimes it takes a smack upside the head with a two X four to get my attention. Sometimes that two X four has to have a giant spike at the end of it too. But other times it is not as simple as that. Other times it is a subtle, gentle reminder that overtakes your […]Read More Remembering How To Fly….My Return to Neverland
In the summer of 1984 I asked, begged, pleaded and a host of other words, with George Parks to let me teach at his Drum Major Academy®. “It would be a great thing for me to do as a music education major George!” He thought I was nuts. Why on earth would I want to […]Read More And So It Begins….