When I was a kid, my mom told me that whatever you are doing on New Years Day is what you’ll be doing through out that year. On New Years Day, I was traveling (back to Austin from New Orleans). Turns out that this old saying may be true because I have had several offers to travel at the end of February. I can only take one because my students can’t have me not there that many days but still, I’m honored to have been thought about for the 2nd one. The first trip (not counting TMEA) is to Japan for my cousin’s wedding. My mom, sister and I will be in the Tokyo area right around a week for it. I’m so excited! The second was an offer from Music For All (and/or Bands of America) to go to Indianapolis to be Shelly Berg‘s personal assistant type helper person as he clinics the BOA Jazz Honor Band during the National Music Festival the last week in February. Let me tell you how HARD it was to turn that down. But, if this opportunity came up once, I believe it won’t be the last.
If you haven’t heard yet, this is the weekend that Stony Point Fine Arts Department is putting on their production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific. We had opening night last night and everyone that went is raving with their reviews!! If you’re in the Austin area and are interested in coming to see the production either tonight (Friday) or tomorrow night (Saturday), it’s at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center (next to McNeil HS) on McNeil Dr. Doors open at 6:00 pm with the show starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students.
Also, if you’re a jazzer and are interested, IAJE-Texas is having a Jazz Symposium on Saturday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at McNeil HS (on McNeil Dr) this Saturday. Cost is $25 for IAJE members and $40 for non members. There are two main sessions – one about teaching improv and the other about working your rhythm section. Lots of good clinicians working this event. Bring your instrument!!
If you’re interested in either thing up there, let me know and I’ll get you more details if you need.
Have a wonderful day and weekend.
Love you, mean it!