Showing posts from January, 2006

SCV Cymbals Warm Up

Take a look at what IS possible from a cymbal line. This is the Santa Clara Vanguard line from California.

Looking for Answers...

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."

- Lloyd Alexander. American Author of a number of fantasy books for children and adolescents, b.1924 UPDATED

All kinds of new stuff on the web page, including updated Pep Band pictures, marching band info, calendar of events, and information on Seussical the Musical!

Oldies But Goodies:

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult."
-- Seneca

"He who does not desire power is fit to hold it."

Comic I found Funny:


Friday Pics n Stuff

The game was a bit of a rout (with us on the winning side), but you played a great set nevertheless. One more game next Tuesday! Seniors need to get their write-ups to Mrs. Reed ASAP. Thanks to my guest photographer, Eric G. Some shots are below, more are at the Picture Page .

Pep Band Tonight 6:45

See you there!!!!!

Stauffer Babies!!!!

Mr. Stauffer was kind enough to send me updated baby pictures. Everyone is doing great! If you're interested in dropping him a note, email it to me and I will be happy to forward it to him :-)

The Honda Choir?

I found this video of a British Honda ad and thought it was really cool. Kinda makes you question what music is...or is not...or CAN be. You GOTTA see it.

Two Quotes on Leadership

“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going.”
-Joe Namath

“He that cannot obey, cannot command.”
-Benjamin Franklin

FHSCB & JHCB Challenges

Just a reminder that JH Challenges are tomorrow and HS challenges are on Wednesday. Best of luck to all involved!


Here's a quote sent in by one of my faithful blog readers, Andy Spessard (FHS band alum), a student at the Columbus College of Art and Design:

"Creativity is not something you possess but something that expresses through you. You might call that something 'inspiration.' Because artists work from their inner core, many of us have experiences of inspiration, which I could define as conscious contact with the divine. I believe we achieve the same transcendent state making art that meditators achieve when they meditate. Time and space drop away. We are utterly absorbed by what we are making. Painter Robert Motherwell talks about the 'brush taking the next stroke.' When we are acting on inspiration, we lose our sense of ourselves as individuals. The art moves through us as our ego stands aside."

--Julie Cameron(Artist and Author)

Artisitc Justification?

“If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”
--Edward Hopper (American Painter who strongly influenced the Pop art and New Realist painters of the 1960s and 1970s. 1882-1967)

FMB - 2006 Calendar of Events

The calendar of events for the 2006 FMB has been posted, including pre-camp, camp, and August rehearsals. Dates for football games and contest are on the calendar, but are still tentative. You can always see the up-to-date calendar of events HERE. Please make sure if you plan on marching that you reserve these dates as soon as possible.

Pics from Double Overtime!!!

Pictures from Friday night's double overtime win over Riverside are now on the Picture Page You all played very well, and added so much to the energy of the game. I like to think we made quite a difference in the game. Bravo! Thanks to Brittany for being my guest photographer.

Pep Band Tonight 6:45

See you THERE! Rehearsal starts at 6:45.

You Are What You Give Away

"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
-- Sarah Bernhardt

CSO Appoints New Music Director

Columbus (OH) – Following the successful conclusion of negotiations, Junichi Hirokami has been appointed Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In accepting the position, the Japanese maestro assumes his first directorship of an American symphony orchestra. He becomes the seventh music director in the 54-year history of the Columbus Symphony. Hirokami was selected from a notable group of 22 international conductors who led the Columbus Symphony during the past three years of the search process.

Read more HERE

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The following excerpt is taken from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Nobel Prize acceptance speech on December 10, 1964.

"I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleagured and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essense of the Nobel Prize.

After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time - - the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby trans… is UPDATED!

The web page has been updated with pictures from the Homecoming game on 1/13, New York City, and this Friday's pep band game.

Doing Good

“By doing good we become good.”

FHS Pep Band - Homecoming

Thanks pep band for a great night. You all sounded terrific! Pictures from the evening are on the Picture Page, and a few are here below. Have a great weekend.

Just In Case You've Been Fooling Yourself:

The development is coming. Most reports claim that we could have an Easton-sized development in our district very soon. More in this article in the Columbus Dispatch

Back To Work Friday

JHCB and FHSCB - Back to work on Friday. We'll all sight-read new pieces. See you there!

BTW - Pep band game Friday night. Rehearsal is at 6:30. Happy Homecoming!



Don't Like A Piece of Music?

“When I don't like a piece of music, I make a point of listening to it more closely”
Florent Schmitt (French Composer. 1870-1958)

Thursday - I'm Out

Band and choir members: if you happen to check the blog today during school, please note that I am out today. Maria is ill and I am home with her. Please be cooperative with your sub today. 5/6 bands will be practicing in class, JH band will be finishing Polar Express, Choir will be watching Aladdin, and HS band will be practicing for 25 minutes individually. (and should be ready to sight-read "Swallows" on Friday)

I'm online all day, so if there are questions or concerns, please email me.

Since I'm home bored, I'll be prepping my score for "Swallows" and probably blogging, so check back later and I'll have some quotes and news and stuff.

FHSCB - Sight Reading Thursday

A reminder to FHSCB members that we will sight read On The Wings Of Swallows on Thursday. Please at least have it looked over. It's going to be REALLY cool. Thanks for all of your hard work on Dreams and Fancies in this past week. (BTW...the picture is a Swallow)


As the hit counter (in the right column) nears the 45,000 mark, I want to thank all of my loyal blog readers for a fantastic 14 months of readership. I know some of you are students, some are parents, and some are people from all around (Hi Mom!), but I appreciate all of you keep checking back for tidbits of info and inspiration. THANK YOU!!!!

Being A Musician...

“I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.”
-Virgil Thomson (American Composer, 1896-1989)

Pep Band Friday

Pep Band....Friday is Homecoming! We'll rehearse at 6:30, since the game is a triple-header.

Discovering Music...

“When you play music you discover a part of yourself that you never knew existed.”
- Bill Evans (American jazz Pianist. 1929-1980)

Dude...That Was MOZART's Skull!

Scientists think they have Mozart's skull, but aren't really sure....could change a lot of what we know about his death. More info at this CNN Article.

"Phantom" Now Longest Running Musical

Here's an article on MSNBC telling about how Phantom of the Opera is just about to become the longest-running musical in Broadway history, surpassing Cats

Another good article here on the same topic:
Yahoo News: Phantom

Pictures from the Schott!

Thanks to everyone for making tonight's trip fun and enjoyable. Thanks to all chaperones, bus drivers, trailer crew, and students for a great night. You WERE the highlight of the evening! Pictures have been posted on the Fairbanks Band Picture Page. A few of my favorites are below. See everyone on Monday! - BK

Pep Band at the Schott

Just a reminder of the details for Saturday. We load at 6:30, leave at 7, and return at midnight. If you're not riding the bus home. please give Mr. Keller or Helena a note before we leave at 7. Be sure to wear your pep band tshirt and to bring your Panther SPIRIT!

All Kinds of New Stuff

Band Members: There are audio files of all the new music we're doing at the members only page, this includes JHCB and FHSCB. There's also files of next year's marching band show. Check it out!

Bragging Up My Mom

I'm going to take a moment of selfishness and brag up my Mother who has recently entered the world of blogging. She's a vice-president and administrator of Brady Ware Accountants and Financial Services in Dayton, Ohio, and was named one of the top 100 people in accounting in the nation for 2005. She's an expert on innovative ideas, lessons learned and shared experiences for those in the world of CPA firm management, administration and leadership. A lot of her info is business specific, but many of her entries are leadership and motivation oriented, so I think her blog is worth a click. Her address is Yay Mom!

Anyone? Anyone?

"Nothing happens by itself... it all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions."
-- Ben Stein(Bueller?)

Web Page Updated

The web page has been update with info on NYC, Pep Band @ the Schott, and the Mid Year Concert. Click HERE to check it out.

NY Stuff

NYC Trip People:

1. Candle order forms are due Tuesday.

2. Cookie dough sale starts Friday to apply to your February payment.

3. You need to have $350 in your account by Monday.

4. Rock a Thon is January 21 from 1-8 PM. Pledge forms and envelopes are on the info rack.

5. If you have questions on your account, contact Mrs. Long. See Mr. K for the number/email.

Ummm...Grammy Nominations Were Last Month, BUT...

Nickel Creek was nominated for two Grammys! Why Should The Fire Die? was nominated for Best Contemporary Folk Album and "Scotch and Chocolate" from the same album was nominated as Best Country Instrumental. More at the Official Nickel Creek Website.

Criticism vs. Approval

"I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses."
- Johannes Kepler. German Astronomer, 1571-1630

Sad News from We "Movie Quote" Fans

"Blue" has passed away. He was 89. Read the full article HERE.