October 8, 2018
As usual, I’ve been very slow with updated my site. The school year is off to a good start and both marching programs have been having a very successful season. With a few weeks left in the seasons, we’re ramping up rehearsals for the final push to achieve great things. This fall has had an additional challenge as I’m experiencing marching band for the first time as a father and all of the challenges that come with that. Work schedules are challenging enough for a musician and teacher without having a child. It’s been a whole other world now that our son in our lives. He made his public debut at my spring percussion ensemble concert after the James Madison HS Percussion Ensemble performed Daniel Montoya Jr.’s “Mayhem,” which he wrote for his newborn. It was a very fitting piece to program after my son was born.
This year, I’ve started a position as the Director of Percussion for The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra. I’m very excited for this new opportunity and we have a wonderful season lined up for this wonderful youth orchestra. We will also be performing percussion ensemble music at the concerts this year.