Hootie helps me...

One of my “pre-session” rituals is to listen to Darius Rucker’s (former front man for Hootie and the Blowfish) THIS. The catchy melody and poignant lyrics remind me that my personal and professional life has been a journey in which everything, good and bad, has led me to be the person I am today. You can check out the song here.

For every stoplight I didn't make
Every chance I did or I didn't take
All the times I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
All the things I knew but I didn't know
Thank God for all I missed
'Cause it led me here to


Maybe it didn't turn out like I planned
Maybe that's why I'm such, such a lucky man
At the start of every school year and season we begin with big plans and grand visions. We dream big and strive for greatness in hopes of a better life for ourselves and our students. This 182 day journey will likely be filled with as many failures as their are successes. You are likely to fail to reach some goals you had but are just as likely to reach some you never set. You will miss the students you lose and gain some unexpected ones. Some performances you expect to go right may go wrong, and some you expect to go wrong may turn out right. Either way, it’s the journey that makes this activity so special and not the destination.

Personally, the past six months have been a roller coaster of highs and lows as my team has worked tirelessly to transition Be Part of the Band into Be Part of the Music. Sixty-six corporate pitches (8 yes, 56 no), nine plane flights, hundreds of hours in editing, writing, re-writing, and coding have led us to this moment. On the eve of the release of Be Part of the Orchestra, I can honestly say that:

Maybe it didn't turn out like I planned
Maybe that's why I'm such, such a lucky man

Thanks to my incredible, goofy, hard working and visionary team (Paul, Julie, Leah & Clayton) and our selfless sponsors for helping bring this amazing project to life!