Today is a gray, rainy, dreary day. One in which you crawl into a ball on the couch with a good book in your hand and a dog lying next to you. There is a portion of me that has the UDMB senior class on my mind–it is finals and they are closing in on […]Read More The impact you made is everlasting.
I purchased a Peloton bike about two years ago. I had turned a big corner with regard to fitness and nutrition after a year of steady work to restructure and rewire my brain (and habits, and all that goes along with it). The bike arrived and I was instantly hooked….but something wasn’t right after a […]Read More The Bike That Goes Nowhere
They say (whoever “they” are I really don’t know) that there are moments in your life when you catch a glimpse of Heaven. When you are shown, for just a brief moment, all the good you have done and are given a reminder that it has all been worth it. Tonight I had one of […]Read More Homecoming #24….a surreal moment
Every summer, at the majority of the workshops I teach–either with the Drum Major Academy or with Band Leadership Training–I teach a lesson this is essentially about getting to the center of life. It goes sort of like this: After a march off and the chaotic congratulations that is bestowed upon the winner, I ask […]Read More Ripples…
[Bob Baylis marched in the percussion section of the UDMB in 1984 – 1986. We actually shared the infamous Tubby Raymond Field a few times when I marched with the UMASS Minuteman Marching Band.] I came across this post in my Facebook newsfeed a few moments ago. Instead of having him make it a public […]Read More An Alumni Perspective
Yesterday was my 23rd Homecoming game at UD. One would think that after that many years in the same place the experience becomes routine. I can assure you it does not. Homecoming for a college band director who must manage the university band as well as the annual alumni band and any other number […]Read More No Matter Where Life Takes You…
I loathe the end of the school year. I cannot stand goodbyes. It has gotten to the point that I don’t even go to commencement because I do not trust that I won’t break down into tears. Frankly, I hate endings. There is, however, one moment I relish even less: Student Staff Leadership Announcement Day […]Read More It’s Not About A Title
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
Honestly I’m not really sure where to begin and that doesn’t make much sense to me. My 20th homecoming at UD…I should have some profound statement to make, some heartfelt story to share, some memory that triggers laughter and tears all at the same time but….at the moment….I’ve got nothing. How is this possible?! How […]Read More Homecoming 2014 In 24 hours!
“We said goodbye to a dear old friendAnd we packed our bags and left feeling sadIt’s the only way” 2010 – Freshman Year: Moments like this one run through your mind…this just happened. Only yesterday were you sitting in a room with 100+ other freshmen being told: “Enjoy every moment. It will go by in the […]Read More We Said Hello…