After Wednesday night’s children’s concert, Susan from the horn section wrote this:
Even though there may not always be large audiences at such events, you never know which kids who are there will, some for the very first time in their lives, will become awed and enchanted by those sounds and instruments and subsequently develop a life-long love for playing a particular instrument. I remember the first rehearsal of the Maplewood Band I attended at DeHart with you last year. When I came into the building that cold and wintry night, the kids were eating their supper in the hallway outside the glass wall of the rehearsal room. As we started to rehearse, two little boys on the other side of that glass wall sat side by side, with their faces pressed up against the glass, intently listening and watching us play.
That makes all the work — of rehearsing, phone calls, lugging equipment back-and-forth in the rain, absences, finding ringers and everything else — worthwhile.