Lots of things been going on since my last Update:
The Book of Mormon will be ending it’s Chicago run on October 6th. What a great time it has been playing for such a great show with such a great band: Jim Widlowski (drums), Steve Roberts (Guitars), Tim Burke (Trumpets), Andy Baker (Trombones), Steve Leinheiser (Reeds), Roberta Freier (Violin/Viola), Chris Sargent (Key 2-Asst. Conductor), and John Samorian (Key 1, Conductor). I’ll miss this one! Fortunately, I’ll get to play Wicked again 10/28-12/21. I should be a lot of fun!
Last August, I was fortunate enough to play a concert sponsored by Broadway in Chicago, which had music and representatives from most of their shows in the upcoming season. Once again there were over 20,000 people in attendance to see this free concert. We played songs from Wicked, Once, We Will Rock You, Flashdance, Ghost, Elf, Evita and Motown The Musical. It was really a great concert!
I was a delegate for TMA to the 99th AFM Convention held in Las Vegas July 21-25. It was indeed an honor to get to speak for TMA at this historic Convention. I was elected to my third term as the President of the Theatre Musicians Association (for U.S. and Canada) on July 27 at the 18th Annual Theatre Musicians Association Conference, which was also held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas (July 26-27). It’s really an honor! I also flew to Kansas City last August to give a report for TMA at the International Congress of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) Conference.
My son, Ashley, played a tour with Ben Kenney in the US last May/June. I flew out to Denver on a Monday to see them perform. They were KILLIN’! They’re currently on a European tour. They just finished the UK and are in Germany as I write this. Check ’em out if at all possible!
Well, that’s it for now. Hope you’re all doing well and having a wonderful Fall!