It was recommended that we abort one of our kids

We received the news of all of our kids arrivals with joy and anticipation. Children are a gift from God.

With one of our children, the doctor was a little concerned with some things he saw on our required test results. We were told that there was a good chance the baby would be born with one or more physical handicaps. It was recommended that we abort.

My wife and I believe in the worth of every human – even those unborn. This was not an option we were willing to consider. It did cause great consternation on our part. How could we handle this? What were we to expect? Where could we go for help? We knew that our love for our child would go a long way. We prepared for the worst and prayed for the best.

Our third child was born in 1995 completely healthy and normal! He did have one tiny scar on his little tummy. We like to think that is where God performed surgery.

Tests are never 100% accurate. And even if they were, how can we be the ones to decide whether a child should live or die? That “recommended abortion” is now a grown man. I can’t imagine life without him. He has a purpose. He has a calling.

With one proclamation, President Trump would have my unending support

If President Trump would simply issue the following proclamation, I would support him forever…

“Let it be known that from this day forward, all marching band competitions shall be held on Fridays. All students involved in the competition shall be exempt from homework given or due that day. In addition, students not involved shall remain at school and complete any standardized testing required. Marching band students shall be exempt.”

“Let it also be known that each school district shall provide the competing band with a charter bus – complete with DVR and satellite – and shall provide catered meals for the marching band members and staff for the duration of the contest.”

“Let is also be known that the day following such competitions, practice by any of the bands participating shall be forbidden. If a band ignores this provision, it shall be required to take the standardized tests it missed. Band directors and staff shall be provided with a $200 honorarium to enable them to enjoy this day with their family and friends.”

Hereby signed by President Trump in the Oval (isn’t a whole note an oval) Office this day of October 15 in the year of our Lord 2017.

Episode 86: 7 Things Your Middle School Director Wants You To Know

Many times, High School band directors are quick to put the blame on their middle school. Often they have not even met their middle school director.

I am fortunate to work with an outstanding director who is also my assistant director for the high school marching band. We collaborate often.

I started my career as the 4th-12th grade band director at a small private school. I was my own feeder! These 7 things your middle school director wants you to know were gleaned from multiple informal interviews and personal experience.