My Mom Is Bad-Ass

Mine is a family of teachers: parents, grandparents, siblings, nearly all of us. I’m so proud of that fact, it feels boastful to say it. I’ve always regarded teaching as the most honorable of...

Presidents and Drill Sergeants

The dress rehearsal for the Presidential Inaugural Parade was this morning. It’s an honor to take part in events like this. The Army Field Band always leads the Army element of the parade, another...

Five-Day Tour

Tonight, The U.S. Army Field Band concluded a five-day tour of Ohio and West Virginia. We left on Monday, played Clarksburg, West Virginia that night, East Liverpool, Ohio on Tuesday, Parkersburg, West Virginia last...

Listen, Stupid

When I was a college freshman, my school’s music department brought in acclaimed jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm as the guest artist. As an 18-year-old trumpet player who barely knew which end to blow into,...