“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
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
The eve before Thanksgiving. I’m sitting here in my family room with the fireplace a blaze…it’s still snowing outside albeit much less than earlier in the day. Delaware got its share of slush…the usual for this part of the eastern corridor. Tomorrow I will enjoy the company of friends–the turkey is ready for the oven, […]Read More Traditions…
A few times over the years of posting thoughts and ideas and commentary and the occasionally rare criticism I have made the following remark: “My humble hat is stapled to my head.” It’s true…ok, perhaps not stapled but most assuredly Gorilla Glued on. I am always quick to deflect congratulatory statements from others, passing them […]Read More Unexpected Wonderful Surprise
For the first time in my career–perhaps life–I find myself enjoying a moment of peace and restfulness. I’m sitting on my deck at home, sipping a new coffee from my favorite coffee roaster in New Jersey (Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters – try them!) called “Ground Zero – Fat Man French Roast.” It’s 64 degrees outside, […]Read More 20 Years At The Helm – Whoddah Thunk It!
There are things that happen for a reason. When each event occurs rarely is one aware of the specific reason for the situation to unfold the way it does. However, during the last four years I have become a little more aware of such moments, but only in the belief that there is a reason behind […]Read More A Thank You…28 Years In The Making
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
In about 90 minutes the UDMB will load up the buses and head northeast to Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ. Two exhibition performances for the USSBA NJ States Championships–and the weather: PERFECT!!! The band has been cranking–and I have been slacking on my posts. Yeah…a little thing called “life” got in the way […]Read More Big Day–USSBA NJ STATES