Changes – Doors Open, Doors Close

Changes – Doors Open, Doors Close

It’s been a big & busy few weeks for me, recently, with some major changes that I’m very excited about!  First, I’m happy to announce my acceptance of the new position of Education Coordinator at the Madison Music Foundry.  I have joined Education Director Ken Fitzsimmons in managing the Foundry’s student roster and running its various programs like Rock Workshop, recitals, and the Student Jam.  The Foundry is a really great Madison operation...

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Recital Time! (Part 2 – Drums n’ Moore)

Recital Time! (Part 2 – Drums n’ Moore)

With one recital in the books, the second came the following weekend.  Drums n’ Moore‘s School of Music spring recital included more than just drums and percussion, making for an interesting afternoon of hearing young, developing musicians share their accomplishments. While the Brass Bell recital of the previous weekend was comprised entirely of my own students, the Drums n’ Moore’s spring recital was for all students of their School of Music.  This...

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New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 4)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 4)

After a very full night’s sleep the much anticipated fourth and final day in New Orleans arrived.  The promise of great music & good times propelled us to the fairgrounds one last time.  We started, naturally, by getting some food in our stomachs – red beans & rice from Burks & Douglas and some cajun jambalaya.  Then we sauntered over to the Gentilly stage to check out the Classic R&B Review – a great way to start the day!  We then took...

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New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 3)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 3)

Day three of the New Orleans adventure brought clear skies and warm temps.  Crowds of music lovers flocked to enjoy the sunshine and another day’s schedule packed with great artists…We arrived at the fairgrounds shortly after the gates opened and I started off with a creamy, savory Crawfish Monica from Kajun Kettle.  We headed to the Congo Square Stage to check out the New Orleans Hip Hop Experience, which featured local up-and-coming hip hop artists –...

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New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 2)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 2)

Our second day in New Orleans brought our first day at the Jazz & Heritage Festival and much more…While briefly concerning to wake up to even more rain, it stopped by late morning and we grabbed a cab to the fest.  It was overcast and chilly by New Orleans standards (50’s) and the week’s rains made the fairgrounds quite muddy in places, making the paved & covered stages much more appealing.  Regardless, the crowd was in good spirits.  Our plan...

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New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 1)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 1)

I’m back and it was amazing!  Sarah and I were there for four full days so I’m going to break this into four quick diary-style entries.  Hold on tight… We left Madison about 5:30 PM on Wednesday and drove the Prius straight through, making it to downtown New Orleans at 8:30 AM on Thursday.  With some time to kill before the hotel room was ready we grabbed a light breakfast at local diner Commerce and wandered down the Riverwalk.  Then we headed into...

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