To pick up where I left off, the last 3 weeks of band camp this summer seemed to fly by. Between week 3 and 4, my wife and I traveled to New Orleans to visit some good friends and to see some of the sights. Neither of us have been to New Orleans, so there were 2 good reasons to go and we both needed a little break. Ok, 3 reasons.
Joe Burgstaller's visit to Henderson's Sr Camp was everything I expected. I heard Joe perform on 2 different occasions when I was in Colorado. Visiting with Joe while he was here at camp gave me a shot in the arm. The story of his trumpet playing life and the path he's followed is very inspirational.
UAM Jazz Camp rounded out the summer. I had some new and challenging experiences. One of the new experiences was putting together a tryout scenario for the trumpet players. I was told when I arrived that I would be judging trumpet tryouts and I needed to come up with the requirements. Tryouts start in 45 minutes. I heard a 14yo trumpeter play a 3 octave C scale. That's right, she played up to double C and back down. The first thing out of Jay Meachum's(another trumpet teacher and player helping me out) mouth was "don't get braces." I heard wonderful progress across the board with all of the campers and their eagerness to learn about jazz and improvisation.
The Showband of Arkansas cranked up just after mid-August and I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing the band perform at halftime and in the stands. Next up is teaching and recruiting...