Today is a gray, rainy, dreary day. One in which you crawl into a ball on the couch with a good book in your hand and a dog lying next to you. There is a portion of me that has the UDMB senior class on my mind–it is finals and they are closing in on […]Read More The impact you made is everlasting.
A good friend sent me a text early Sunday morning, the day after the party. It said, in part: You have made a difference in so many peoples lives. You should be proud. While what he wrote is true, it is still not the first nor even the second thought that comes to mind. I […]Read More Homecoming #25 — WOW!
“But this is new?” “But we’ve never done this before?” “But….but….but….but….” Cue internal scream. I love my students. Every single one of them. Even the ones who don’t “get it” the first time. Every last one of them WANTS to learn. Every last one of them needs information worded in a way that lights THEIR […]Read More Applying ALL You’ve Learned
We live during a time in the world when doing just enough is considered not only acceptable, but also a mark of achievement and success. Well…not me. “What’s next?” “How can we get better?” “What other experiences can I provide others?” “What other adventures are out there?” These are the questions I ask myself regularly. […]Read More More Than ‘Just Enough’
[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 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
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
Been a number of months since I’ve posted and, as it is with everyone else in the world life has certainly kept moving along. Today I started the last summer workshop I share with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. It is always a bittersweet weekend–we love hanging together, working with young adults, etc., but we both know […]Read More Old Friends –Still Teaching Me
Anyone who as ever participated in marching band or drum corps or any of the pageantry arts knows the feeling. There is a “buzz” that starts a couple of weeks before the activity begins. There is anticipation, excitement, and even a sense of nervousness in the air. You simply cannot wait for it to begin! […]Read More We Can’t Wait For It To Begin…