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 […]Read More UDCG – So Proud!
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.” […]Read More “To Boldly Go”…year 25
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
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 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
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