been a little while since I last posted.... Winter break ( I actually took a break) and the start of the semester kept me busy.
I'm now sitting at a chilis in Pittsburgh, on the second of three consecutive weeks on the road. This time it is conducting, and I'm having a wonderful time working with some truly terrific students. First, Austin Texas, conducting the region 18 5A wind ensemble, one of 5 honor bands. Had a terrific time with some really wonderful musicians and colleagues. Got to visit with and do some classes Kathy Humphrey at Cele middle school and Ryan Cirna at Pflugerville HS. Also spent some time at Ann Richards school for exceptional women leaders and their great band director ( and mason alumni) Stephen Howard
Then it was off to Pittsburgh and the Alle Kiski honor band. Great, hard working students and some really wonderful teachers. Had a blast re-visiting the Mackey Strange Humors.
However, the only bad part of this particular trip was the massive snowstorm that hit my hometown. As of today, Saturday Jan 23, I'm still here in Pittsburgh, unable to get down the PA turnpike or anyplace remotely close to DC or NOVA. Pittsburgh has a few inches of snow, but DC apparently has 20++ and it's still snowing
I'm in a nice hotel, close to a movie theater, restaurants and a mall. I think I'll check out the Warhol museum tomorrow.
I hope to make it home Monday.... Time will tell.
My hosts here have been great and I'm making the best of it, but I would like to be home!!!!
If I do get home, it will be for a couple of days, before I leave again for the PMEA district 7 honor band. Good times and hopefully easier weather :)
The joys of road work. I'm supposed to go to Nebraska in February.... Stay tuned