They say that if the conductor can’t let his family ride for free, who can…so here goes.
My son is director of instrumental music at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California. He has been there just under two years. The annual concert was last night.
It was fantastic. This not so young man (he’s in his 30s) has taken that music program and created two jazz bands, a concert band and a truly world class wind ensemble. He had his dad alternatively in tears and standing cheering.
They played everything from Dizzy Gillespie (the jazz group) to A Raposidy in Blue. From March Slav to Star Wars. I knew my kid was good — but this was over the top.
The 500+ in the audience seemed to agree. Standing ovations all around. The principal came up to me afterwards and told me how much he appreicated having Andy at his school. I tried to be gracious but he said "look, there is a reason the leader gets the credit. Without him, these are just a bunch of kids. They love him and perform for him." Wow.
Kids can give you a lot of pain while they are growing up. Andy wasn’t too bad, but he had his moments. After a night like this, it was worth it.