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2016 TubaChristmas

There are those of you who can’t wait for your favorite radio station to start playing Christmas carols 24/7 and to start celebrating the Christmas season.

I’m not one of those people, BUT I do enjoy playing Christmas carols!

It’s Tubachristmas time again! For those of you who don’t know what this magical event is, imagine hundreds of low brass players (tuba, baritone, euphonium, and even some helicons, serpents, and other low brass instruments no longer in general use) gathering to play your favorite carols while you sing along. The best part is that it’s free for the audience! Continue reading 2016 TubaChristmas

2015 DCA Championships Finals Review

My review of the 2015 Drum Corps Associates Championships Finals is now published and available for your reading enjoyment in the September 2015 edition of Drum Corps World.

You can read my review here.

You can read the entire September 2015 edition of Drum Corps World here.

My LIVE! From the Stands coverage of the show on Drum Corps Planet can be found here.

Finally, you can view the photos I took during the show here.

This One Goes To 11

It seemed appropriate that This Is Spinal Tap was on TV last night. If there was one movie that every adult family member in our house will watch, it’s Christopher Guest mockumentaries, and Spinal Tap is the one which started it all. While we tuned into the movie after Nigel Tufnel uttered the classic line referenced in this post title, there were still plenty of gimmicks (18 inch tall Stonehenge statue, anybody?) to enjoy in the remainder of the movie. For those few poor souls reading this which haven’t seen the movie, here is the clip I’m referring to:

11 is also an appropriate number for this weekend as Rachel and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. People tend to put extra emphasis on anniversaries and birthdays which end in 5 or 0. For us, last year was no exception, especially since we hit the double digit milestone in our marriage. For me, though, 11 is no less important than 10, as every year I spend with Rachel becomes the best year of my life. I’m not just saying that, either. I get to watch Rachel grow as a person, both personally and professionally, and my personal and professional growth is much more exciting knowing that Rachel is supporting me every step of the way.

I have no idea what the next 11 (and more) years of our life together have in store for us. Heck, when we got married, Rachel was still teaching elementary orchestras in Strongsville while I was a technical support phone jockey at OEConnection. Rachel has now started and grown her own highly successful orchestra program in the Highland school district while I have found my niche working for an incredible company here in Medina. There will be bumps in the road, though we don’t know what they will be or when they will happen, but we have each other for when those bumps occur. I know that I will get past those bumps because of Rachel’s love and support and that I will be there for her when she runs into hers.

The best part is that, once we’re past our bumps, we have nothing but clear skies and straight roads ahead of us. I, for one, will be more than ready to put the pedal to the metal while cranking the stereo to 11. I know that Rachel will be ready to do the same.

I love you, Rachel. Thank you for 11 years.

2014 OIPA Championships Coverage On Twitter

Tomorrow, I will be covering the 2014 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Championships in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This is one of the last events prior to the Winter Guard International World Championships over the next two weekends and will feature some of the best winter guards and indoor drumlines, both scholastic and independent, in the state. The show begins at 10AM and will be at Wapakoneta High School. Watch the OIPA Twitter feed (@ohiocircuit) for photos and updates regarding all of the performing units.

The full schedule for tomorrow’s event can be found on the OIPA website here.

If you are interested in coming to the event, look below for map and directions.

If you’re going to be there, head to my Google+ event page and say you’re coming.

See you there!

Open Lecture Position, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

This was forwarded to me by Siri Terjesen, an assistant professor at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business and a fellow graduate of Revere High School. If you’re interested, please follow the contact information in the announcement.

The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship of the Kelley School of Business is accepting applications for Lecturer positions. A Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a Masters of Science in Management (MS) degree, or a graduate degree in another related field from a nationally-reputed university is required. In addition, qualified candidates must provide evidence of outstanding teaching experience in strategic management, entrepreneurship, and/or international business. Teaching on-line courses in the aforementioned areas is a requirement of the positions, and evidence of such interest and proficiency will be favorably viewed.

Applicants should provide a letter of application and a current resume. Applications will be accepted beginning immediately. Applications received by November 6, 2009 will be assured consideration, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Indiana University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


Resumes can be mailed or e-mailed to:

Lisa Castor
Administrative Assistant
Department of Management & Entrepreneurship
Kelley School of Business
1309 East 10th Street, BU 660
Bloomington, IN 47405-1701

Crawley Vanguard Begins March Towards DCUK Finals

Musicians from all over Crawley are getting together to celebrate 30 years of marching and music excellence in Crawley. Members of all marching bands and drum corps from the past 30 years are getting together to form one massed corps. “The first rehearsal went so well, we want everyone who has marched or played an instrument in a Sussex marching band or drum corps in the last 30 years to get in touch quickly as places are filling up.” Enthused Mark Gasson, the newly formed leader of the Crawley Vanguard. “We are going to play at finals and our aim is to re-unite old friendships, make new friends and have lots of fun too.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Cozy Baker Memorial/Tribute Podcast Update

Hey everybody.

I just wanted to give you an update on the Cozy memorial/tribute podcast I’m putting together.

First of all, I’d like to thank those of you who have called or emailed me with stories and messages about Cozy. Playing these stories and reading these messages will demonstrate yet again what a wonderful man Cozy was and how much he touched all of our lives.

It’s a week until Cozy’s memorial in Alabama. I’d like to put together the final recording of the podcast this Wednesday evening (1/14/09). If you haven’t called and left a message or emailed me with your Cozy memories, I’d love it if you did so. If you’ve posted a story about Cozy in this thread and would like it used in the tribute podcast, just email me the link to your post and I will add it to the finished show.

Here’s the contact info to participate in the tribute podcast:
Phone – (330) 871-7965
Skype – kevingamin
Email –

You can also PM me via DCP.

I will post the finished product on Sunday. This way those of you who can’t be in Alabama can hold your own memorial and share in the moment with those who are there. I will also see about getting the show burned to CD and delivered to Cozy’s family so they have a permanent reminder of how much we all loved Cozy.

Thank you all.