What music means to me…

I’m a musicman, as are my two siblings (one a musicwoman, however), because, in case you weren’t aware, our dad is a musicman.  Although now retired for decades, he’s still known as one of Kentucky’s all-time winningest and best high school band directors.

I grew up, literally, in the middle of excellent marching bands.  So when I read Mr. Sun’s posting of an excerpt from Geronimo Rex, (now considered the finest prose I’ve never read), goosebumps formed up my arms and down my legs – and remain even as I relate this to you.

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  1. Posted May 26, 2006 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    It’s been almost 30 years since I left South Mecklenburg High School’s award-winning Marching Sabres, and I can still march a perfect 8-to-5. That stuff does, indeed, stick with you.

  2. Mr. Sun
    Posted May 26, 2006 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    To be fair, you didn’t so much leave as they marched down a different road to get away from you, but I concur with the sentiment. Hi David! Hi Lex!

  3. Mike K.
    Posted May 26, 2006 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I was in marching band in high school (Olympic HS, a sometimes rival to South Meck) and in college (UNC) and two distinct memories always stay with me. The utter silence (and then tremendous applause) following a powerful arrangement of Amazing Grace during halftime of our one playoff game while I was at Olympic, a thrashing at the hands of Grimsley no less, and the massive rush I got from my first home game at UNC (a late afternoon affair) when we took the field for pregame. You never forget those emotions and you want everyone else to have that same feeling at least once if possible. Oh and I guess being in the pep band when Charlotte Smith sank a 3 pointer with .7 seconds left for UNC’s only women’s basketball title was pretty darn awesome as well.

  4. Posted May 26, 2006 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Hogg, I don’t suppose your dad was at Danville HS, was he? I think they are still the only national champs from KY, although there have been several other good ones from your home state.