“Who’s left to make band special!? All the special people are gone- how is band going to be special?”

As you’re most likely aware, I’m a teacher.  I’m probably on a way to becoming a good teacher.  I had the pleasure of being a student of George N. Parks, one of my favorite teachers of all time.It’s so hard to look at a teacher and say exactly WHY you think they were a great teacher.  Probably every great teacher that you have ever had possesses the same trait, but I can’t put my … [Read more...]

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” is another of George N. Parks great quotes to get you thinking about life in a very broad sense. It really does make sense that if you react positively, good things will happen to you.  If you respond negatively, bad things will happen to you.  We as people need to be more positive, to respond positively so that more people … [Read more...]

Being a leader and the use of social media

It has become a norm of society to post exactly what we feel and exactly what we are thinking as our Facebook, Twitter, or other social media websites.  While many of these thoughts are generally okay to post, it might not be in your best interest to post your disappointments online, as it makes you look like a negative individual, and makes people less likely to take your side in the future. … [Read more...]

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

If you fail to plan, plan to fail. -George N. Parks There is so much beauty in these words that speaks so much truth.  Being prepared is important for so many life situations, and George Parks’ starred thought captures it beautifully. It’s amazing to me how often people fail to plan for things in life, and leave so many variables in the air.  I’ve always been a planner, and have … [Read more...]