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This is my 15th year teaching at Indiana University. For whatever reason, numbers that end in 5s or 0s give us pause for reflection and celebration. (You might notice that I did not write 5’s and 0’s. The correct use of the apostrophe is to show possession or omission of letters, NOT to reflect plurality. Unfortunately, it is very commonly misused either due to distraction and/or ignorance). I digress…
As I look through my 2016-17 roster, I see such potential for musical excellence and more importantly, I see wonderfully smart, thoughtful young people who are about to become citizens of the world. As I scan the roster, I can feel my energy and enthusiasm for teaching re-emerge. I really look forward to spending time with these students and doing what I can to help them find their place in the world. I am very fortunate to teach at an institution such as the Jacobs School of Music, where such great young people choose to attend. 15 years…time flies.
During the summer months, I try to get away from trombone as much as possible. I was able to take a month off of playing after making another recording. I had been contemplating making a recording of Jean-Michel Defaye’s character pieces written in the manner of other composers for several years. In May, with the partnership of Chicago pianist Kay Kim and University of Alabama trombone professor Jonathan Whitaker, the project wrapped. We recorded the material in 5 days, which was quite different from my 2010 release of Pura Vida, which was pieced together over the span of 5 or 6 years. I paired each of Defaye’s pieces with a composition by the honored composer and am proud of the result. It should be available by the end of 2016. What a magnificent week of cooperation, patience and discovery. I plan on another in May of 2017. Same principals.
Additional 2016 activities have led me to Brazil for 2 weeks in February and a week in Dublin in June, hence my salutation above. Those who have been to Ireland will recognize the greeting.
So, thanks for dropping by. Stay tuned for the new recording.
Practice and contemplate quality.