In San Juan Capistrano tonight
prepping for this week's
Golden State Flugelfest

Mon 11/3 @ 12 PM Saddleback College Mission Viejo
Wed 11/5 @ 8 AM Aragon High School San Mateo
Wed 11/5 @ 1 PM Sonoma State University Rohnert Park
Wed 11/5 @ 7 PM Gunn High School Palo Alto
Thu 11/6 @ 3 PM Westmont High School Campbell
Sat 11/8 @ 9 PM Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Bel Air


The good news is more young people are coming to our concerts.
The bad news is most of them rarely look up from their phones and hand-held devices.

It saddens me to look out at them from the bandstand, to see them there in the audience, sitting in the darkness,
looking not to the stage but downward, their expressionless faces illuminated by cold blue light.

I want so badly for them to experience—truly and without distraction—the gift of a soulfully crafted melody.

I want to share with them the thing I love most: the pure emotional power of instrumental music,
without the need for lyrics, explication or visual spectacle.

Am I naive? In today's world, is it even possible?


Boise High School
October 17, 2014

Many high schools throughout the USA now expect students
who want to participate in jazz band to arrive before dawn—'zero hour'—
prior to the beginning of the actual school day. Is this reasonable?