Meanwhile all my other little projects are chugging along. (Sometimes slower than I'd like, but always progressing little-by-little). I've begun getting music ready for the Winter Recital. I've got some neat stuff I'm writing that we'll include: a piece for the Tempe Guitar Trio as well as a few for the Woodwind Quartet. And, of course, my students are working hard on their own pieces as well!
Just to follow up on a previous story: The Happy Birthday 'flash-mob' went really well. We gave her a BIG surprise at the school where she teaches. She had no idea we were coming, and to top off the fun experience, several of her family members showed up from out of state. Anyway, I gave her a framed copy of my ragtime Happy Birthday arrangement. What's more is several of the band members said that we ought to use it at our concerts when we know someone in the audience is having a birthday. It could be a Mesa Band 'signature' piece. Now I just want to touch it up some more... add some more parts... maybe another section...
My one-year mark has come and gone with little fanfare. I have thought about this fact in the past weeks, even if I am only now just writing about it. Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with what has happened since last September when I first put this site together. First of all I have been blessed with lots of musical opportunities; I have met and worked with some great musicians in the past year. I love all the groups which I direct and play with. What's more, I've had the chance to write dozens of compositions and arrangements. I've had the opportunity to arrange and record tons of pieces (67 and counting) for St. Mark's... Anyway, I couldn't be happier with the way things have gone this past year. Most of all, I'm grateful to everyone who has stood with me as I figure out this new phase of my life. I love that my friends and family have been so supportive. (Thanks!)
Anyway, enough looking back. I like to keep looking forward. Here's to another great year!