Monday, May 15, 2017

Disney With The Fam

Looking for great tips when traveling to the land of the mouse? Joel and Shari Wolfgang have started a must visit website for tips when traveling to the Disney parks. This site not only includes tips on what to pack and see, but also practical advice on how to get the most for your money inside the parks (see buying Disney gift cards at Target). Disney With The Fam also provides tons of pictures, tips on getting wake calls, and what food and drinks to try out. So plan your trip and have fun. Visit Disneywiththefam.com.

Monday, May 01, 2017

5 Reasons To Support Your Local Municipal Band

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of going to watch and listen to our local Municipal Band. The Elkhart Municipal band has been around for many decades, and features some astounding local talent. This particular concert not only featured some local soloists, but they also tackled Aaron Copland's Rodeo Suite! They did a fabulous job, so I decide to write 5 reasons that you should attend your local community band concert.

1. It's a privilege most don't have - most communities do not have the funds or enough musicians to support a local band. If you are fortunate to have one, GO SEE IT!

2. Concerts are usually fun in nature - most local bands will feature marches and light, fun pieces. These types of music can be very entertaining and fun to watch.

3. The skill level might surprise you - some local bands will challenge themselves to more difficult pieces. You may be surprised at how talented your local musicians might be!

4. You meet people from the community - You never know who you might run into. Get out and socialize. Meet people that have similar interest as you.

5. It's Free! - Most community concerts are free - GO SEE IT!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gatlinburg Fires

Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway.
Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you look at the banner picture at the top of this blog, you will see a beautiful mountain scenery. This picture was taken at a vacation home that overlooked Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.  This part of the country is one of my favorite places. I always feel renewed when visiting there. This weeks fires have been devastating to this area. Authorities are calling it one of the worst fires in 100 years. I have no idea about the fate of the home in which this picture was taken. My heart breaks for the people of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. I know they will rebuild. And I look forward to visiting again soon. However, right now I am praying for the safety of all people involved.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Cubs Win World Series - 2016

I never thought this day would happen. Not only did the Cubs make it to the World Series, but they WON! Down 3 games to 1 in the series, they won 3 games in a row. The last game being one of the most exciting in World Series history. As a life long Cubs fan, I am so happy.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Band Tool

Every so often a great product is invented. My friend Steve Allen has done so through his business Legend Musical Instruments. They have created a repair tool that all band directors should have. This multi-tool is small enough to carry, but contains enough different tools to be effective at marching or concert band contests and concerts. This tool will fix every thing from a sprung woodwind spring to a stuck brass mouthpiece. To see all the great features of this band tool watch the Youtube video below.

Legend Musical Instruments has developed a great product in the Band Tool, they also make great beginner brass mouthpieces.