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.
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.
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!