Jazz Spectacular is the biggest event for me in the whole year. There is always a few all nighters involved. It's been a somewhat stressful year for me at work. I worry a lot that everything will run according to plan each year. Despite some curve balls thrown at me, for the most part, things I feel ran pretty darn smoothly. The only reason was because of the incredible support I had from many loved ones. There were so many acts of love demonstrated to me it was overwhelming. Some friendships deepened and I also made some new friends. I could go on in detail about each picture but hopefully as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!!!
This sermon was super convicting to me. The theme in my life the last few years is do I believe what I say I believe. Despite desperately wanting to believe what I say I believe, I had to admit I'm not acting like it. I'm so thankful for Pastor Bill Johnson and his wisdom and I hope that my actions will start imitating my words!
This is a special photo to me. It was taken Thursday night (by Caleb Elzinga) in front of St. Cecilia after the Delfeayo Marsalis concert. (Thank you Cathy Holbrook and Lazaro Vega for this series) It represents at least two things to me. First, it represents my long friendship with Xavier Davis. Xavier and I first met here when we were both in the jr. orchestra counting rests lol. Xavier played trombone and I played trumpet. Xavier has always been so kind to me and has even humbled himself to be on my CD's. After all these years I'm honored to work with him at MSU. It also represents that with hard work and dedication no matter where you are from, you can make it living out your passions. Grand Rapids has so much to offer and am so thankful for those that gave me a chance as a kid to share the bandstand even though I wasn't deserving. Xavier has toured the world many times and is regarded as one of the great jazz pianists of our time. I'm amazed everytime I get to hear him which is often now. I'm thankful for the Davis family who hold a very special spot in my heart. So it was sentimental for me, to be able to take a picture with Xavier where I first met him. I'll post more over the years later....
I had a good time seeing Delfeayo Marsalis this week. Thanks to Mike and Michelle for the ticket and got to sit with my nephew Matthew at the concert. It was a fun concert of celebration of this great music of jazz. My Byron Center family brought a bunch of people! It was also a surprise to have the great Winard Harper playing drums. Then I see that Anthony Stanco and Xavier Davis were playing due to plane cancelations which has been a theme for the last few months it seems.
The best thing about my job is the relationships I form with so many beautiful people. We had Melissa for tour in October of 2018. There were so many great moments. I'm so blessed that I got to know her and a lot of life has happened for both of us since then. Thankful for our friendship! U of M had her in for the week and I was able to go down and catch the last concert.
First picture of Professor Dease and Uncle G on a commercial for MSU that I saw during the Basketball game
a couple of pictures of the new music addition. It's not been too smooth but has it's moments.
MSU does have a beautiful campus
My old HS made the semifinal game which was exciting. Too bad they couldn't get the right name on the board :(
Always have to have a Mia picture! LOL
Had AfroHorn in
The weather was nice for a few days so I went to see my Eagles. You can see the eagle in every picture if you look. The last one was from a guy who had a zoom lens but it was at the same place and same eagle I was looking at. LOL
Typically, Recitals are some of my favorite time of the school year. It's truly remarkable to hear the progress students make over their time here. Recitals are always very personal and you get to know the students even deeper. Yesterday was no exception. A few more weeks to go. Great job everyone! Jeremiah Flack hooking up the lights!!!