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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UDCG – So Proud!

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 […]

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Homecoming #25 — WOW!

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 […]

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“To Boldly Go”…year 25

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.” […]

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A New Generation of Flight

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 […]

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Applying ALL You’ve Learned

“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 […]

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More Than ‘Just Enough’

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. […]

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