Well, it’s October – but you wouldn’t know it here in Florida. Hope you’re enjoying a pumpkin flavored treat wherever you are! A lot has happened since I last wrote, per the usual. Let me catch you up.
My last school year as a college student (yippee!) began with an awesome kayaking excursion with the other trumpet teaching assistants and our fearless leader (and teacher), Dr. Moore. We kayaked all around the Wakulla river, and even spotted a few gators! The trip was a definite success – nobody fell in, there was lots of laughing, and concluded with awesome local food and company.
This semester, the trumpet studio is welcoming FIVE guest artists to the FSU College of Music. Our first was Musician 1st Class Christopher Lane of the United States Coast Guard Band. Chris is an FSU alumni and co-owner of a popular valve oil brand, Monster Oil. I had an awesome time getting to know him and really enjoyed his playing, teaching, and stories he shared over lunch.
After Chris left, Hurricane Irma was getting very close to making landfall in South Florida. FSU ended up cancelling school for a week, giving students plenty of time to evacuate. Sam and I chose to drive all the way to Oklahoma to meet our newest family member, our nephew, AJ. Sam’s brother and his wife, Katy live in Moore, OK with their (now) two children, and graciously opened their home to us while we waited for the hurricane to pass. Amazingly, our home had no damage from the storm at all. To say we are blessed and thankful is a massive understatement.
Prof. Michael Anderson, trumpet teacher at Oklahoma City University, saw on social media I was in Oklahoma waiting out hurricane Irma, and to my delight, invited me to give a master class to his studio. I met Prof. Anderson 10 years ago while attending a brass conference in Kalavrita, Greece, if you can believe that! He is a wonderful person that I continue to learn a great deal from. It was my honor and privilege to work with his students!
After we made the very long drive back to Florida, we eventually settled back into our school week routine. The FSU Wind Orchestra opened their season this fall with a heavy program full of standard wind band repertoire, including Lincolnshire Posy by Grainger, Holst’s Suite in E-Flat, and Barber’s Commando March. I am continually inspired by my colleagues in this trumpet section. They are excellent musicians and even better people. I am so lucky!
How’s that for an update? As always, thanks for reading and for your support. Wishing you and yours a wonderful fall season!