It hasn’t been very long since I last posted. It seems weird to write again so soon.
Here’s just an update on what’s been happening over the last few weeks.
I had a little operation on my vocal cords on January 11 to remove a benign foreign body that was irritating my voice. It wasn’t a big deal, but it was unpleasant for a few days after the surgery. I still feel like my voice isn’t back to 100% and I’m scheduling vocal therapy sessions with some experts to help me get better. Then about a week after the surgery I finally succumbed to the pandemic and got me a nice solid case of Covid. That sucked. But lots of people had it far worse than me and I’m still alive. So no complaining, right?
I couldn’t do 1 concert in January with the brass quintet because of the vocal cord operation and both of the shows I had scheduled for this weekend (Paris today and Avignon tomorrow) were canceled due to Covid related issues.
I am happy to say that I have recently managed to get in touch with several previous music employers and I am working hard to add gigs to the schedule in the Spring and Summer!
Additionally, I managed to figure out what was wrong with my Calendar page on the website and get it to display upcoming shows in a coherent manner. So that’s really cool.
I’ve also started adding testimonials from employers and fans and I hope that soon I will have several nice posts from folks who have good things to say about me as an artist or teacher and the groups I regularly play with.
Lets see, what else…
On a different topic. I’ve been really, really focused on my students and their progress and objectives. I’m super happy with the progress everyone is making both as musicians as well as human beings. And I’m a better person for being able to accompany them on their journey.
It’s a really intense activity because I work 4 days a week at three different conservatories/music schools. I have 21 trombone students, 2 euphonium students, 3 trombone ensembles, 1 big band, 1 jazz improv class and 1 rock combo workshop. Every student or group has their own needs, objectives, repertoire, deadlines and so on. For me, it’s a lot of balls in the air and I have to work hard to keep everything on track.
Thank you to anyone who reads this, I hope you were not bored.