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I am about to lose two games right now in the tourney pool, so I am taking a break from watching. In other basketball news, it appears Billy Gillespie is going to be fired from Kentucky. BG had an atrocious time at UK, but I am not sure he shouldn’t get one more year to pull it together. I don’t really care, as long as UK starts dominating again. That’s all that matters.

There are lots of things happening in brass band land right now. last weekend the youth bands had a concert that went very well. It was the first time we played in Fletcher Theater in Raleigh. We are usually in Meymandi, which I prefer. The acoustics in Fletcher are not great for us and it was a bit of a challenge to get it together on the stage there. The hall is small and intimate and for our audience size, works out well. I still prefer the larger hall for the sound, though. The bands were under the gun preparing for the concert. Losing a week of rehearsal because of snow was not good, and came very close to ruining the show. The kids came through at the last second and got it together in time to make a good showing. The audience was really into it and all was a success.

We are now one week away from our NABBA tour, where we will be on the big stage, playing for a nice audience. I am so excited for that, and we should sound pretty good for it. I am really looking forward to meeting up with some old friends in KY, as it might be the last time I get up there for a while.

My schedule is pretty darn packed with things for the next few months. Starting with a concert with the Duke Wind Symphony the week after NABBA, I play a solo with them, some gigs in April, and then the Brass Spectacular concert in May with the pick up brass band in Charlotte. I have the music for this, and I have to work on it. My BBb bass reading chops are very rusty and there are some killr hard charts in the book. I am really looking forward to this concert, and connecting up with some more brass band people across NC.

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