In other news, I conducted the entire Mesa City Band concert last night at Venture Out (Larry will be out for the rest of the season but is recovering nicely). Anyway, the venue has a beautiful concert hall and it was a pleasure to perform there. The band sounded great and we had a very large audience so it was a very satisfying evening all around.
As a final unrelated thought: this time of year is festival season and I can't help but miss the long rehearsals and preparations of the school bands and orchestras as we got ready to compete. It was always a very satisfying process, and I hope to be involved with school groups again someday. Of course I also miss going to Disneyland with the kids. :-)