Finding The Time

Thanksgiving is here tomorrow and with the lack of a football postseason my world came to a screeching halt a couple of weeks ago…and that’s fine by me. As stated in my last post I have entered the “real post game” period of time. I’ve already checked off most of the items on that list, […]

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The Real Post Game

Band banquet is a couple weeks away but that is merely the icing on the cake each year. The truth of the matter is that the UDMB season has come to a conclusion once again. I still have 100 (you read that number correctly) mini essays to read, as well as 40 or so music […]

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Ripples…

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 […]

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Fixed Moments In Time

As my 30th year of being a band director comes to an end while immediately dovetailing into the start of my 31st year, it is time to be honest: very rarely do I find myself sitting and listening to music for the simple joy it brings. No, it’s always “This could be fun to do […]

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An Alumni Perspective

[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 […]

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Making Memories

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 […]

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