Sunday, July 20, 2008

Airports and episodes

Hank Dalhman, from the Dayton Philharmonic,  was interviewed for the musicteachers911 podcast and he was amazing! The interview went so long and so well, that I turned it into a two-episode event.

I finished booking my flights to NYC today. I leave Sunday, Aug. 3rd and return Tuesday evening. I wonder how my first meeting will go. This could turn out to be the best music education venue I have ever done! 

I played with Sinclair's gospel choir yesterday at Island Park in the bandshell and the place was packed and we got a standing ovation. I have had University of Dayton's bass at home for almost a month and I am planning on returning it this Thursday. It was very nice of them letting me use it for Sinclair performances, but the next choir performance isn't until after UD fall quarter starts back up. I keep asking for Sinclair to buy their own bass so I won't have to lug UDs over there so much. My goal is to just walk into the choir room and have a bass and amp already set up for me. I hope this happens soon!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I rode the new motorcycle to Columbus OH to have a business lunch with the VP of Macmillan Publishing and I enjoyed it very much. We made plans to have me travel to NYC Aug 4th to meet with the Music Textbook Editorial Staff. Tomorrow I have an interview for my podcast with Dr. Hank Dalhman, the maestro for the Carnegie Hall performance. I have to do part one today. It should only take an hour and then Mr. big shot music podcaster has to push a mower around the yard for a while. Life has such a funny way of humbling me sometimes. 

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Carnegie Hall to the Fariborn Flagpole

I'm back When I was touring NYC, I was with Gary Johnson, one of the tenors,  and he asked what I was doing July 3. I couldn't think of anything, so I ended up playing a drumset with the Fariborn Community Band for the "Fariborn Celebrates the 4th festival". we were in a small dining fly under the big Fairborn City Center Flagpole. 

July 4th had me watching the Centerville Parade from my friend, Jim McCutcheon's studios. 
I was supposed to play a couple of hours with an 18 piece swing band for the Centerville Americana festival, but turned is down as I didn't want to be working on a holiday. The other bandmates were not very happy with my choice as the reserve pianist tends to overplay.

Today, I played the bass guitar with the Sinclair Gospel Choir for Dayton's Cityfolk Festival. We were the first act and we had a fantastic sound system and crew.

Tuesday I am scheduled to meet with the Vice-President of National Sales for lunch in Coloumbus.