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
[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
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 […]Read More Making Memories
(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 […]Read More True Leadership
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…
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!
As I take a break from the evening workload (knowing I owe Robin Lamel some sort of monumental apology for not making it to her recital) I’ve come to a small moment in time where the proverbial waters calm: We (those of us in “the business who truly ‘get it’”) are in the business of […]Read More It Is the Small That We Neglect Most….