Okay, I added this page thinking I would write some stuff. Two years later, nothing. I did however, notice that this is one of the most visited pages on the website, along with 'furniture' and 'music furniture', so maybe I should put something here.
This past weekend I judged a colorguard contest in the Valley (for those that might not be in Texas, that is basically the southern end of Texas along the Mexico border and up through around Corpus Christi). During the six hour drive home Saturday night/Sunday morning I listened to an audio book by the man who created the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Richard Korn. As I listened (and no, I don't know how my mind made this leap) I decided I should write a book. "The Woodworker's Guide to Band Directing." Or maybe it will be a large pamphlet. Anyway, during the later part of my band directing career and into my current status as a clinician my analogies (which I use a lot) started involving woodworking more and more. The lasagna analogy became the plywood analogy (well, you will just have to wait for the book...). The repeatable golf swing analogy became the hand cut dovetail analogy. During that drive home I thought of a lot more things about band directing, musicianship, and woodworking. So maybe I'll do it. Or maybe not (that is one of the great things about being retired!). At least now there is one post on this page.
Thirty years as a band director, now a woodworker. I also think about lots of stuff, and I write better than I talk!