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.
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 […]Read More The Real Post Game
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!
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!
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
Once upon a time there was a boy who could fly. He was described as having a cat-like ability to leap upwards with very little effort. His ability to lift into the air would generate energy within others in a way few have been able to replicate. The boy could fly and his ability was […]Read More A New Generation of Flight
“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