What a concert! I had the privilege this past weekend of being involved with the music program for the High School Band Directors National Association Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies their website is http://www.hsbdna.com for anyone interested. This was very cool in that my community band was chosen in place of the normal musicians that are put together for this. We were guest conducted by the honorees so we had 7 conductors, including our own, over the course of the concert. We played: Prelude to a Concert William Clayton Miller The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key arr. Henry Fillmore (Trumpeting Arrangement) Storm King Walter Finlayson Danny Boy Arr. Warren Barker British Eighth Z.O. Elliott/arr. Luckhardt America, The Beautiful Samuel Augustus Ward arr. Carmen Dragon Gate City arr. Forrest L. Buchtel Battle Hymn of the Republic Steffe/ arr. Carmen Dragon Semper Fidelis March John Phillip Sousa Broadway Show Stoppers Overture arr. Warren Barker The Blues W.C. Handy arr. Rober M. Barr This was just great. The conductors ranged wildly in style from our own conductor Dr. George Corradino who is just great, to Ret. Col Hal Gibson United States Armed Forces Bicentennial Band who was without question the greatest conductor Iâ€™ve every performed under, to some of the other inductees who conducted with so much expression that they closely resembled Mickey Mouse in Fantasia! It was just a fascinating experience and one that Iâ€™ll carry with me for a lifetime. I also had a chance to get this performance on video tape and Iâ€™m glad that I did. The acoustics of the room we were in was just fantastic. It was great to hear what the rest of the band and I sounded like from the other side of the conductorâ€™s baton. This tape will serve me well as an aid to further my own development as a player as well as becoming a wonderful keepsake. The only part of the concert that I was not overly pleased with was when we did Semper Fidelis. I donâ€™t know if John Phillip Sousa liked or hated his 3thd Cornet players but this piece has all the Trumpet/Cornet leads in the third part. We have three third trumpet players including myself in the band. Only two of us were there including me. The other player is a wonderful man whom I respect deeply but sadly the years have taken his wind from him and although he plays technically correct usually only I can hear him. This left me to belt out the leads in this piece. Sadly the rest of the band playing at fff covered me up most of the time so the leads didnâ€™t sound as good on the video as I had hoped for. I was happy though that I had managed to get a few of them over the top of the band. This was a first for me also in that we had a dress rehearsal at 2:00PM with all the guest conductors and then the performance started at 4:00PM. Well, we rehearsed until 3:45PM so that left 15 minutes to recouped our chops and then get after it. My chops were ground beef by the end of the performance. God it was fun! To all you band directors out there; youâ€™re a wonderful group of people. How I enjoyed this performance. And hope to do something like it again in the future. Just thought Iâ€™d share this.