Tuesday the Go Like The Wind Jazz Band played a fundraiser at Noodles and Company in Ann Arbor. It was to raise money for the middle school adventure trip to Colorado. For most of the band it was their first real gig, so it was great to see them put on their serious faces and play their best. I was a proud teacher.
Wednesday I went to the Tap Room Annex in Ypsilanti, MI to play a jazz open mic with the Skylounge band. It was mellow, fun and very easy going. It is always fun to play with those guys.
On Thursday I played tabla with the Emerson School 4th graders for their rendition of Piru Bole, which is a piece written by my CalArts mentor John Bergamo. It was part of a whole evening of music from South Asia. Judy Barthwell put on the event, and she did a great job. As a music teacher, it inspired me to do more with my students. As a student of music, it was equally as inspiring to see my teachers composition performed so enthusiastically by young musicians.
Friday was a double hit. First, Meeta and I went up to Alma College to do a lecture/demonstration of Indian Classical music for a music appreciation class. We were excited to do it, and the professor was great. The students were a little quiet and we wondered why. We figured out that we were coming to them on one of the nicest days of the spring so far, on a Friday afternoon, right after they turned in a big paper and right before they found out about their last big assignment. So this was not the best time to get a lot of new information. It had been a while since Meeta and I had done a presentation like this, so we were having fun with it, and for the most part, it went well.
From there it was back to Ann Arbor to get ready for the GLTW Spring music concert. This was a first. In the past the music concert was paired with the promotion/graduation night so it limited the amount of music that could be featured. This year we played everything we knew, 25 pieces in all. It was a great night to showcase the music program and it was much looser than in years past, which made it fun for the students.
The next Monday I left for a week in Colorado with the GLTW Middle School. It was the yearly adventure trip. I brought a guitar, but other than that, it was a nice break from the whole music scene. Here was the view: