Those of us who are engaged in the fall edition of pageantry have been “at it” for a little over a month thus far. Each summer, as the start date for Band Camp creeps closer and closer, my level of apprehension is in direct proportion to the timeline: the closer we get the more apprehensive […]Read More It’s NOT better–it’s different
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
It’s here! It arrived faster than we ever wanted and now that it’s here folks are all SCARED TO DEATH! That’s right, every marching band director across the country is shaking in their Dinkles right now because they looked at the calendar and saw “HALF WAY THROUGH THE SEASON” and they know that means only […]Read More The Push, The MidPoint, Halfway Home…the middle of the season
I learned a simple lesson a long time ago from my parents: if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. I, like most people in society these days, struggle with this. We like to complain–actually I believe we tend to relish it at times. We “believe” it puts us on a higher […]Read More How To Face Adversity…With Class, Dignity and Respect
In a couple of days I will begin my 18th season as director of the UDMB, and the 25th band camp of my professional life will be underway. 25 times I will have stood in front of a group of “rookies” and teach them to say “HUT!” real loud; 25 times I will have listened […]Read More Band Camp: one of my favorite times of year!
As we head into our fifth home game of the season here at the University of Delaware I have mixed feelings about things. They are personal yet they revolve around the profession I am so proud to be part of. UD plays UMASS in football tomorrow and for the first time since the 1990’s the […]Read More Changes – They Happen
The Route 1 Rivalry has begun and with it a new relationship with a new college band: Del State. We have had bands come in and out of Delaware Stadium for years and the most important part for me is to get the students to appreciate each other’s efforts, and embrace each other’s differences. Del […]Read More First Third Part II: UD vs DSU – always entertaining