What a great semester so far; although it's not quite over, it's been a great year so far. We will be wrapping up marching band this weekend with the last game against USM. Even though the W-L isn't that great, it hasn't prevented us from having a "turnaround" year in the line...numbers, hands, and heads were all improved, and it looks to be continuing into next year.
PASIC was a blast...met a ton of great people, saw some amazing performances, and came back inspired. Took part in "official" duties as my new position of Associate Editor of Percussive Notes (!), including speaking to the Marching Committee. What a trip to have the attention of Scott Johnson, Paul Rennick, and Dennis DeLucia all at once! Also, hearing one of my arrangements performed (and being acknowledged afterwards) was a unique experience...and somewhat surreal.
The Percussion Ensemble had a great semester of learning new, classic literature, and a premiere performance as well. The concert was well received and ran smoothly, but we were unfortunately scheduled against a pretty big basketball game the same evening...of course. Now for my favorite part of the year...planning the next one!!!
We are also able to have TWO steel bands this year because of numbers. This should be an improvement all the way around, for everyone concerned. We can learn more literature, train more students for the future, and improve the quality of performance for the concert....exciting times!!!
On a personal note, I was approved for my recording project this year, which will hopefully result in new compositions for both my recital and this project. One other big news item in the hopper, but I'll share that when the time is appropriate...