Tight Bonds are Hard to Break

As you all know (since I shoved it down your throats for the past few months) it's Cello Camp week!! So pretty much a busier than normal sort of week full of 6 straight hours of "yelling" at kids (I use quotes because I'm literally a loud person), and nightly game planning as I have Netflix going on in front of me.

As of a few hours ago, I secured a bass player that I really needed for the Rock Medley we are performing at the recital this Friday at 7 PM at Downing Middle School in Flower Mound. My close friend and Phi Mu Alpha brother, Andy Rogers, will be jamming it up along with drummer Joe Dolce (also close friend and Phi Mu Alpha brother), and my dear friend, pianist Sara Doan. I have so much history with the 3 of them that I'm so pumped up to include my friends in this camp. There's such a great feeling when you get to perform with your friends that You always look forward to the next opportunity. The last time I played on the same stage with these guys was.......hmmmm...... Come to think of it, I'm not 100% sure if the 4 of us have ever been together on stage at the same time. I've played quite a few times with each of them, but truthfully I can't think of the 4 of us at once.

Is this something to worry about? No way, we are all professionals and we are all friends. Just like non-musician friends, music dork friends pick up right where you left off. It is very noticeable when people enjoy making music with each other, but especially if they don't. Since the 4 of us know each other from the UNT days, there are tight friendship bonds that go back a long way. On top of that, Andy is my room mate, Joe is a friend I hang with 2-3 times a week, and Sara is someone who I perform, gig, and have a trio with. The fact of the matter is, we all itch at the opportunity to not only hang out but to perform together. The great thing about Friday is that now my friends get to also share the stage with my students. This is something that I have not been able to do, and I'm very excited about this.

On top of that, we are performing a rock medley that was arranged for us by Jason Eckl from San Francisco who plays in "Dirty Cello" (dirtycello.com). I met Rebecca Roudman (cellist in Dirty Cello) and Jason several months back at a gig I helped them with in Ft. Worth. To be honest, it didn't pay, but I felt that if I were in need, it would be nice to have some help. So I went along and played the gig anyway. It was a gig that fulfilled me so much because I played some pretty awesome music with some fantastic people that I had just met that night. We were strangers that came together as colleagues on stage, and left the gig as Friends. Friends who will happily write several arrangement for your cello camp and your trio and ask for nothing in return. FYI, I have 2 more arrangements that we have for the next cello camps!!!

These are the type of things that your friends will do to support what you do. They see the value in what we are doing this week. I hope you see the value in it as well. The point is, music is so powerful that it can create bonds that can lead you to network. Music allows you to instantly click with someone you have never met, because you are just as dorky! Or if you're blessed like in my case, It can become a part of your everyday life that includes people you met a long time ago.

On Friday as my students get to meet the band, I really hope they are proactive in thanking our guest musicians. Of course I will remind them to do this but I'm sure there's some students that will be thrilled to talk to the caliber of musicians they will be sharing the stage with. As for me, I'm just so happy that what started as an idea is now flourishing into something that I had no idea it would become. Though it's only the second Cello Camp I have put on, I'm already looking forward to the next one as I've had a blast after 3 days! I hope that summer camp becomes something that all of my cello students look forward to as well since the students are really the ones who dictate a lot of the camp's success. That's why I'm going to boldly say that you should tentatively mark your calendars for July 6th-10th 2015 for the 3rd annual Cello Camp!

Of course we still have 2 days of camp left and plenty to teach and learn. So this Friday will come and go and very likely be as fun as I'm anticipating it will be. Not only will we remember the music that we make, but this year I have gift items for sale that will be available after the recital. These gift items ideally are things for students to remember the close bonds they have all developed with me and with each other.