Week 1 in the MIA!

Well it’s been over a week now since I arrived in Miami for my second year of college, and you haven’t heard anything from me, so I figured I’d give you a little update!

I arrived last Tuesday and on Wednesday night leadership training began for the 2008 flavor of the “Band of the Hour,” UM’s award-winning Marching Band. As a student leader I have two roles: section leader and website coordinator (shameless plug: UBand Website link to the right, designed by me). I had the honor to meet Mr. Tom Keck, the new director of the “Band of the Hour” and of the Frost Symphonic Winds. Mr. Keck is an incredible person, someone who in just a week or so has shown the entire band that he is 100% committed to working with the students to make this band really special and extremely big. Oh, and as a side-note, he looks almost EXACTLY like Steve Carell, and when he wore an “I Love Lamp” shirt the other day, he had the whole band on his side forever.

Our first show of the season consists of the music of Bon Jovi, with three tunes: You Give Love a Bad Name, It’s My Life/Lay Your Hands on Me (medley), and Livin’ on a Prayer. In just 2 days of drill rehearsal we have already set all of the pregame routine and all the drill for the opener. The band seems to be working as hard as the staff is to make this an awesome season!

Our first home game is a week from TONIGHT against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (who?), and then the very next week, we travel to Gainseville to take on the Florida Gators (BOO!) The games look like they’re going to be a blast, and I can’t wait!

Classes start in just under a week, and I am very excited for that, believe it or not! I have been enjoying my time off though, and am just so happy to be back!

Going Home

Where exactly is home? The dictionary has 31 definitions for the word “home,” to me the most poingant being:

The place in which one’s domestic affections are centered

So when people ask me when I’m leaving home, to go back to school (5 more days, by the way), I ask them why they assume that Northbrook, IL is home for me, still? As much as I love my family, and all my friends here, my domestic offections are centered at the University of Miami. The one thing I look most forward to each vacation, is the day I step foot on campus once again.

Now don’t take this the wrong way. Mom, Dad, Jess, friends… I love being back in Northbrook, seeing all of you, spending time with you, everything. It’s a big part of my life, and I wouldn’t trade it. That doesn’t mean, however, that I call this place home. When I sit down to think about what home means to me, a few questions pop into my head:

  • Most obviously, where do I spend most of my life?
  • What is the one place I long to be the most when I’m away from it?
  • Where is the highest concentration of my friends and mentors?
  • Where can I do what I love, all day, every day?

When the answer to each one of those questions is the exact same, I think I have a winner. The University of Miami is my home. The Frost School of Music is my home. The UM band is my home. I cherish my time down at UM like a working father cherishes his time at his home with his family, his children. I look forward to going back to UM like that father looks forward to going back to his family after a business trip. The last 3 months have absolutely flown by, and while I wouldn’t for a moment try to convince you I didn’t enjoy them, I also am not going to tell you that I’m not ready/excited to go back to Miami.

In 5 days, I’m going home.


So I just recently got a Twitter account. Twitter is a “a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” Basically, I’ll be able to update my page with “Tweets,” short blurbs about what I’m up to. You can either check out my latest tweets at my Twitter Page, or by checking the right sidebar of this site, which will be updated with my most recent 5 Tweets! Also, if you’re interested in getting a Twitter account, you can follow me through yours, and have my tweets posted for you to see on your twitter homepage (not your profile).

Feel free to leave a comment if you’re interested, and I can help you get set up!