I'm sitting at my desk taking a well-deserved break and pondering the future of BandBlast for this year. We seem to be hitting roadblock after roadblock. Challenges have been working around other member commitments (musically speaking) to find a weekend that works. Finding a conductor has been a worry as well. We've had a few nibbles, but they haven't worked out, again, due to timing. I'm up for finding a new timeframe besides the fall .... but ..... when? Summer comes with it's own set of challenges with marches, parades and outdoor concerts. Winter travelling is difficult. Spring, well, we might have something there, but it's come and gone this year.
I'm leaving this in the capable hands of the St. Mary's Band members (2013 host), hoping something will work out.
On a happier note, the National Youth Band is here next week at Mt. A University and then travel to Nova Scotia. I'm looking forward to hearing them in Halifax on May 3 and to seeing my fellow CBA colleagues for the semi-annual meeting on May 4.
Melissa Akerley Meadows, President