I had no plans to mark the 10 year anniversary of the passing of my best friend, George N. Parks, but I stumbled upon a video released today by another best friend, Robert Hammerton. And it is stunning… and it is relevant…and it is required watching for all UDMB Drum Majors (as well as anyone […]Read More 10 Years
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….
A crisp September Saturday morning is at hand. Coffee is steaming in a mug. The pup and kitties are scattered around the house searching for an early morning sunspot in order to warm themselves while they snore away the rest of the morning. And me…..? I’m sitting in front of a computer screen drinking said […]Read More Pursuit Of Excellence
…thank you. It has been MONTHS since I took the time to post here and I’m not all that sure why. There were many times I had this particular post running around in my cluttered mind but simply didn’t make the time. Hmmm…that is unacceptable for me. I will attempt to be better at my […]Read More To Those Who Helped Shape This Life