Back to School

The summer has come to an end. That means back to school, back to work, and back to blogging! Each year I take the time to step back from the blog and relax. So here’s a quick recap of what we were up to over the break.

I spent the month of May in a military training school where I finished at the top of my class of just under 200 soldiers earning the title of Distinguished Honor Graduate.

The day after my military graduation I travelled to Washington D.C. to meet my students to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade.  It was a great opportunity for the kids to see the nation’s capital for a few days.  I was lucky enough to sneak in a few miles with @NomadRunner in the mornings before breakfast.

After D.C. is a quick turnaround to be back in a teaching environment as we spent the next week teaching a middle school band camp.  Hundreds of local students from different schools came to take part in a week of music, fun, games, water slides, and making memories.

The real highlight of the summer was at the end of June when Brooklyn and I travelled to Gatlinburg and Knoxville, TN for a few days away.  We visited Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park, and took in a few of the museums and aquarium in Pigeon Forge.

Then we made our way to Knoxville for the Fanboy Expo.  An event title that lives up to its name.  I was able to accomplish a dream I’ve had for over 20 years, meeting Jason David Frank & Amy Jo Johnson.  These two actors played Tommy and Kimberly in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the original Pink and Green rangers.  We also stopped to visit with Steve Cardenas, he played Rocky the Red Ranger.  I have a 1995 MMPR movie poster that is signed by those 3 rangers.  I will tracking down the other 3 in the next few months.

Oh, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirpatrick were there too.  Brooklyn was nice and surprised by the chance to meet and take a picture with them.

July moved fast with a few weeks of military training and performing in the Memphis area, including this opportunity to play the national anthem at a Memphis Redbirds game, followed by getting back in to the classroom and beginning my fall band preparations and rehearsals.

We wrapped up the summer in style by traveling to Vancouver, BC to take part in our first international race, the 2017 Seawheeze Half Marathon hosted by lululemon.  It was an incredible weekend of friends, bobsledding, yoga, axe throwing, and running.  More details and recaps on all of those events soon.


This school year is already shaping up to be an exciting one, both in and out of the workplace.  In December Brooklyn and I will be running our 50th Half Marathon and Marathon at St. Jude in Memphis.  We are excited to reach this milestone, but then it’s going to be fast as I really start to rack in the race mileage with over a dozen events on the calendar for the next few months.

Keep running hard, Hope to see you on the road.