Monthly Archives: January 2013

We Care (The Problem With Scale)

Bank of America is getting blasted for its extremely low customer service scores in a recent poll. Of the four largest banks in the country, BofA scored the lowest. That’s not to say the other three scored high either, though. All four scored lower than any local credit unions or regional banks. While listening to […]

Are You Just Surviving? Or Thriving?

If you’ve ever kept a fish (in an aquarium, that is), you will understand this concept. There is a difference in a fish that is surviving and one that is thriving. While the surviving fish may still be “alive” it is only just barely so—it doesn’t move much, gasps frequently, and looks generally weak and […]

Worth the Exposure

Later today I’ll be heading to Las Vegas with Phoenix Chamber Brass to perform at the Western U.S. Horn Symposium at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas. While spending a couple days (and probably more than a few dollars) in Vegas will be fun, it got me thinking about a regular topic for our group (and […]

What Music Looks Like / Phoenix Chamber Brass

Okay… so this is a bit of a selfish plug. These videos were just finished up, so I wanted to pass at least one of them around. My brass quintet, Phoenix Chamber Brass, is in the process of completing an application for the American Voices American Music Abroad Project. If we are selected we will […]

What Others Say / Albert Einstein

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. —Albert Einstein (1879–1955), German theoretical physicist, violinist

A Story Worth Telling

My mom is a born storyteller. It’s no wonder she’s a great writer and a professional book editor. “Long winded” is what we would call her where I’m from, and I mean that in a good way. Every story, no matter how great or insignificant, has the key elements of a great story: character, story […]