Another Shooting?

Another shooting just happened at Seattle Pacific University. So far one person is dead. I cannot believe how often this is happening. I refuse to believe that this is how it is now. I...

BAND! with Dustin Mollick

I’m overdue for a cool, official announcement: I’m now collaborating with cartoonist Dustin Mollick on an ongoing, online comic strip entitled BAND! On top of his ever-growing cartooning chops, Dustin is a world-class saxophonist with...

John Wacker, In Pen

The trumpet community, the music education community, a whole lot of college music students, and a beautiful family were all laid low today. John Wacker—Professor of Music at Western State Colorado University, trumpet player,...

Birth-Day

Right now I’m in a delivery room in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, listening to my unborn son’s amplified heartbeat, hours away from being a father. I’m writing this between contractions and nurse...

Mingus vs. The Army

When I get really busy, I blog less. That obviously makes a blog completely pointless, so this entry represents an attempt to turn that trend around. Some really cool things have happened lately, and...

Where We Were

I haven’t experienced many “Remember Where You Were” events. I wasn’t around for the Kennedy Assassination, or John Lennon, or the moon landing. I do remember where I was when the Challenger Space Shuttle...

Baltimore Recharge

My last few months have been a clinic on sleep deprivation. Not in the “I sure could use a nap” kind of way… more of an “I’m starting to see things that aren’t there”...

In Defense of Ben Affleck

On Thursday, August 22nd, Warner Brothers announced that Ben Affleck would be playing the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman, as well as additional sequels.