Lucky 13, NYSSMA & the MD Shires

I hope the new year is off to a mar­velous start for all. For­tu­nately, 13 is my lucky number and after waiting patiently for 51 years for a year to end in 13, I’m antic­i­pating great things. For proof of how lucky 13 is for me, does thou thinkest it coin­ci­dental that my beloved 49ers have just made it to the Super Bowl? Me thinks not! In honor of these titans of the grid­iron, evening ves­pers will be held here at HBM head­quar­ters, cen­tered around my   Joe Mon­tana auto­graphed ball, through the evening of Feb. 3rd for those who would like to stop by and show their sup­port. Here’s to the Niners and to us all for a super suc­cessful and healthy 2013!

The begin­ning of a new year avails us the oppor­tu­nity to con­tem­plate the hap­pen­ings of the pre­vious  12 months. Having viewed 2012 as a year of chal­lenge, I decided to make a list of all the things I loved that took place throughout the year. After reviewing this lengthy list, I real­ized that yes, it did have some ups and downs, but it was def­i­nitely a year of mag­nif­i­cence and one full of things to be grateful for. One of the things I was most grateful for was the oppor­tu­nity to con­duct the New York All-State Jazz Ensemble at this year’s NYSSMA con­fer­ence in Rochester, NY.

New York All-State Jazz Ensemble — Rochester, NY 12.1.12

Having a mere three days to learn mate­rial written for the most elite pro­fes­sional ensem­bles (Bob Mintzer Big Band, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Buddy Rich Band), these tal­ented young people demon­strated a level of ambi­tion and inten­sity that was as  inspiring as it was exhil­a­rating. I was ener­gized for days fol­lowing the end of the con­fer­ence. Kudos go out to the band direc­tors and par­ents who put and keep these bright young people on the right musical and per­sonal paths.

One of the stand outs of the ensemble was a trom­bonist from Long Island named Collin Richardson. A very tal­ented player who pos­sesses an equally strong work ethic and sense of humor. Trom­bone right?? Collin has gone on to become a stu­dent of mine and in addi­tion, thanks to his very sup­portive par­ents, is now the proud owner of a Michael Davis model Shires trom­bone. Every time someone pur­chases a MD trom­bone through my com­pany, I make sure to give the horn a test drive and of course did so with Collin’s. It never ceases to amaze me the quality of these hand crafted instru­ments and the level of crafts­man­ship and con­sis­tency that team Shires puts into each and every one.

Deliv­ering the MD Shires to Collin at Star­bucks in Penn Sta­tion NYC — 12.22.12

For the past couple years, I have mar­veled at this instru­ment and feel grateful to be playing it every time I pick it up. The feeling seems to be unan­i­mous from all who have pur­chased this won­derful trom­bone. For those of you con­sid­ering a new trom­bone in 2013, please take a moment to try this horn. It will be well worth your time and effort. While the MD trom­bone may not be per­fect for everyone, for those it’s right for, it’s big time right!

I’m psy­ched for the great start to 2013 and look for­ward to pos­i­tive energy con­tin­uing to flow and grow. Wishing you all the best in the months and year ahead. Domo shalom!

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