I love this season – the food, the drink, and even the weather are all ideally suited to my tastes. The work is good too. Last week I played Timpani for the Red Mass at St. Joseph’s in Libertyville. I started playing here a few months back and have fortunate to be able to return a few times, and have scheduled to do so plenty more. Having grown up sitting next to my dad in church choir, participating as either a percussionist or a singer in various church ensembles throughout high school and college, and seeing my fair share since as a professional, it is not lightly that I say how nice this church choir sounds. The director, Ron, has worked with the choir to have them react well to a conductor (rare for ANY choir) and blend their sound beautifully. Ron has also gathered a very talented group of musicians that I am truly pleased to play with when the opportunities arise.

Later, I took my Central Kids to the Oswego Marching Band Showcase. This is a mix between concert and competition. The whole band did wonderful, and I was really pleased with how my Drumline played. You can hear them at either of our remaining football games (10/17 & 10/24) or at our Band Showcase on 10/25.

Rounding out this week, Matt and I headed up to Lake Geneva yesterday to play for their Oktoberfest celebration. We were there last year, and they asked us to come back this year (because we are so awesome!) We did vibes and pan mostly, but also brought some hand drums for the kids to play with us, and then did some vibes and accordion on a couple German tunes. The crowd reaction was great and the festival was a lot of fun.

That’s it for now. Check back for more.