So, I finally made my move on Tuesday, 3-6-12 at 9:15am. It seemed like an auspicious time for a big life transition. My travel buddy and I ended up driving through the gambit of weather changes including sun, heavy rain, snow, hail… you name it! Okay, no tornadoes… but needless to say it was quite the dynamic ride down!
No sooner did I arrive in the bay area, my old college friend Michelle Stuart posted a need for a horn player to cover the book for Thoroughly Modern Millie at Roosevelt High School in Fresno. My weekend happened to be free and I thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and get some playing in. So, no sooner did I land in the bay area, I found myself in the car again and making my way down to Fresno.
It was a super fun weekend! Michelle did an incredible job conducting the show. They had a full orchestra, a large number of the musicians being high school students (many of which it was their first year playing their instrument). Fresno never ceases to amaze me with the wide array of talent, and driven individuals. It really is astounding how dedicated the musicians in the Fresno community are to their craft! The group did a fabulous job pulling off this 1920's jazz and dixieland show.
In addition to the show, I managed to get some time in with my very first student, Daniel Carrion. What an amazing transformation he's undergone in the last 9 years. Not only did he go from the kid who reminded me of The Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio to a distinguished young man with a slight resemblance to Adrian Brody, but he's become an incredibly talented horn player! Can you tell I'm a proud teacher? Daniel is currently studying with my undergraduate horn professor, Dr. Thomas Hiebert, an inspiring man with a tremendous heart.
Thanks for reading! Wish me luck!